B i o g r a p h y
 (by Jason Ankeny)

Formed in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1993, Low were perhaps the slowest of the so-called "slowcore" bands -- delicate, austere, and hypnotic, the trio's music rarely rose above a whisper, divining its dramatic tension in the unsettling open spaces created by the absence of sound. Initially comprising the husband-and-wife team of guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk and drummer/vocalist Mimi Parker along with bassist John Nichols, Low began as an experimental reaction to the predominance of grunge. Producer and Shimmy Disc Records founder Kramer soon invited the group to record at his Noise N.J. studios, and the resulting demos earned them a deal with the Virgin-distributed Vernon Yard label.

After reentering the studio with Kramer, Low emerged with their 1994 debut, I Could Live in Hope, a beautiful set spotlighting the trio's hauntingly minimal aesthetic -- even Parker's drum set consisted of only a snare and a hi-hat. Nichols exited the group prior to 1995's lovely Long Division, recorded with new bassist Zak Sally. A subsequent appearance on the Joy Division tribute A Means to an End was later expanded into the following year's Transmission EP, a five-track set also featuring a rendition of Supreme Dicks' "Jack Smith." With new producer Steve Fisk behind the boards, Low returned later in 1996 with The Curtain Hits the Cast. The Songs for a Dead Pilot EP followed in 1997 and marked Low's debut with their new label, Kranky, for whom they also released the critically acclaimed Secret Name in 1999. The late '90s also saw them issue Owl (Low Remixes) and the Christmas mini-album, which featured a cover of "Little Drummer Boy" that became a minor hit when it was featured in The Gap's holiday season commercials in 2000.

The band's brilliant Things We Lost in the Fire arrived on Kranky in 2001, with the darker, more subdued Trust coming the following year. Two years later, the B-sides/rare tracks collection A Lifetime of Temporary Relief appeared on Low's own Chairkickers Music imprint. For their seventh full-length album, 2005's The Great Destroyer, Low moved to Sub Pop; the second leg of the group's tour in support of the album had to be canceled after Sparhawk announced he was in treatment for depression. By 2007 he was feeling well enough to return to work, and the group released its second LP for Sub Pop, the politically charged Drums and Guns; Sparhawk had also launched a side project, the Retribution Gospel Choir, whose debut album appeared in 2008.

Released in 2011, C'mon marked the debut of bassist Steve Garrington, while the band also stretched its boundaries by working with producer Matt Beckley, who had previously worked with mainstream pop acts such as Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne. In 2013, Low's 20th anniversary year, the group released The Invisible Way, which featured production from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Low returned with a new studio album, Ones and Sixes, in September 2015, which the band produced in collaboration with recording engineer BJ Burton; Glenn Kotche of Wilco was a guest on the sessions.




I Could Live in Hope
- 1994-02-18 -



Words
Fear
Cut
Slide
Lazy
Lullaby
Sea
Down
Drag
Rope
Sunshine

Long Division
- 1995-05-23 -



Violence
Below & Above
Shame
Throw Out The Line
Swingin'
See-Through
Turn
Caroline
Alone
Streetlight
Stay
Take

The Curtain Hits the Cast
- 1996-08-13 -



Anon
The Plan
Over The Ocean
Mom Says
Coattails
Standby
Laugh
Lust
Stars Gone Out
Same
Do You Know How To Waltz
Dark

Secret Name
- 1999-03-30 -



I Remember
Starfire
Two-Step
Weight of Water
Missouri
Don't Understand
Soon
Immune
Lion / Lamb
Days of...
Will The Night
Home
Old Man Song
Last Breath

Christmas
- 1999-11-16 -



Just Like Christmas
Long Way Around the Sea
Little Drumer Boy
If You Were Born Today
Blue Christmas
Silent Night
Taking Down the Tree
One Special Gift

Things We Lost in the Fire
- 2001-01-22 -



Sunflower
Whitetail
Dinosaur Act
Medicine Magazines
Laser Beam
July
Embrace
Whore
Kind of Girl
Like A Forest
Closer
Untitled (Instrumental)
In Metal

Trust
- 2002-09-24 -



(That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace
Canada
Candy Girl
Time Is the Diamond
Tonight
The Lamb
In the Drugs
Last Snowstorm of the Year
John Prine
Little Argument With Myself
La La La Song
Point of Disgust
Shots and Ladders
 

The Great Destroyer
- 2005-01-25 -



Monkey
California
Everybody's Song
Silver Rider
Just Stand Back
On The Edge Of
Cue The Strings
Step
When I Go Deaf
Broadway (So Many People)
Pissing
Death of a Salesman
Walk Into The Sea

Drums and Guns
- 2007-03-27 -



Pretty People
Belarus
Breaker
Dragonfly
Sandinista
Always Fade
Dust On The Window
Hatchet
Your Poison
Take Your Time
In Silence
Murderer
Violent Past
 

C'Mon
- 2011-04-12 -

Try to Sleep
You See Everything
Witches
Done
Especially Me
$20
Majesty/Magic
Nightingale
Nothing But Heart
Something's Turning Over


The Invisible Way
- 2013-03-19 -



Plastic Cup
Amethyst
So Blue
Holy Ghost
Waiting
Clarence White
Four Score
Just Make It Stop
Mother
On My Own
To Our Knees

Ones and Sixes
- 2015-09-11 -



Gentle
No Comprende
Spanish Translation
Congregation
No End
Into You
What Part of Me
The Innocents
Kid in the Corner
Lies
Landslide
DJ

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

...I Love
Back Home Again
Be there
Because you stood still
Blowin' in the wind
Blue eyed devil
Bombscare
Born by the wires
Boyfriends & Girlfriends
Bright
Carnival Queen
Cheek
Condescend
David & Jude
Don't Carry It All
Don't drop the baby
Down By The River
Fearless
Heartbeat
Hey Chicago
I Am The Lamb
I started a joke
Joan Of Arc


Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Kindly Blessed
Landlord
Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me
Lift
Long Long Long
Lord can you hear me
No Need
Overhead
Peanut Butter Toast & American Bandstand
Prisoner
Sleep at the bottom
Surfer girl
Tear Down
The Last Snowstorm Of The Year
Those girls
Tired
Tomorrow One
Try try try
Turning Over
Venus
Walk You Out
When you walked
Will the night
 

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I Could Live in Hope

Words

Three inches above the floor
Man in a box wants to burn my soul
And I'm tired, and I'm tired
Is that the truth, he says
That pain is easy to put in words
Too many words
And I can hear 'em

If you're hearing screams
Come back child, come back
My hands are dry
But I know they're gonna make it
Just one more night
Too many words, too many words

Fear

If you see my daughter
Don't tell her I'm scared
Forty days without water
Feel my hands on her hair

I fear

Cut

Jesse's gone inside out
Someone brush her quiet mouth
Charity's friend she was I know
Fill her cup and leave her alone

Distance fails but it keeps her alive
Thinks that evil's on her side
Gets rid of things that don't matter
She used to let me cut her hair

Jesse's gone inside out
She used to let me cut her hair

Slide

They tell you come tomorrow
Nothing for you now
You listen so intently
And slide

Hearing only yourself
You wait for the truth
How can you get it
When all you do
Is slide

Lazy

It's not enough
There's not enough for two
Sarah you're lazy

She says it's not enough for two
Sarah you're lazy

Lullaby

Cross over and turn
Feel the spot don't let it burn
We all want we all yearn
Be soft don't be stern

Lullaby
Was not supposed to make you cry
I sang the words I meant
I sang

Sea

The sea is a long, long way from me

I'd go there if I had the time
But lying here will do just fine

Down

I guess the secret's out
Like a river flows
It's never over done
Out of control

I guess the secret's out
My simple goal
You'll be the one, too
Out of control
Out of my control

I guess the secret's out
Above me looking down
It's not supposed to be that way

Out of control

Drag

I'm sorry but I can't hold on
It works much better if I let it drag me around

I'm sorry if I'm losing ground
It works much better if I let it drag me around

Rope

You're gonna need more
Don't ask me to kick any chairs out from under you

Sunshine

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You'll never know, dear
How much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away

The other night, dear
As I lay sleeping
I dreamt I held you in my arms
When I awoke, dear
I was mistaken
So I hung my head and cried

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You'll never know, dear
How much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away
Please don't take my sunshine away

Long Division

Violence

Lent you my favourite dictionary
Came back with ripped out pages
Stopped by so uninvited
Wasted good silverware on you

You can't trust violence

Below & Above

Once you felt alive
Present for a time
Those below you whore themselves
Those above you know

You're a friend of mine
Bound by chains and wires
Those below you whore themselves
Those above you know

Shame

A long time you waited
You thought it had abated
Shame of it all
The harm that it causes
Pours down like a faucet
Shame of it all

Throw Out The Line

Throw out the line
Man overboard
Passenger fall
Maybe the angels will take him
Come back no more

Bride of my thoughts and anger
Nothing to show
Patience and strength come springtime
Where will you go

Throw out the line

Swingin'

Don't look up
I'll have to dictate from the ground
Don't mind the sound
It's all familiar by now
And I'm swingin' so high

Unforgiven
Unimpressed by my first draft
She's a sinker
I should have taught her how to swim
And I'm swingin' so high

See-through

You were discovered bended over the dead
Only to find out you were not even in the room
See through but solid, holy but complete
All will be followed
Seen to, tended none the least

Turn

I never thought you took me seriously
I never thought you'd be the one to turn me in

I thought you saw me on the roof
I didn't think you'd be the one to turn me in

Caroline

Caroline, we don't have much time
Mercy lies in the one you hide
Caroline, we don't have much time
Mercy lies in the ones we hide

You don't need to be outside
You can stand with me in line

Alone

If I could get you alone
Would you take me back home

You remind me that I'm weak
You remind me I can fly
You remind me I can't read
You remind me so I try

Streetlight

And you can see her
Before it cracks and goes out
She throws rocks at streetlights
Keeps the streetlight changer busy

Stay

It's much too late for the action
You've made this place unbecoming
Do I have to stay

These eyes have one more discovery
Will it be wasted on monday
Do I have to stay

Take

And then they take it all away
How many years have I been away

The Curtain Hits the Cast

Anon

Clean bill of health
Five years at the bell
No one will admit
The time or the places they've been

Anon

Three scales of men
Trace back to begin
No one will admit
Ignoring the age of my skin

Anon

The Plan

On the step you handed me
Pieces of the plan

At the gate you handed me
Pieces of the plan

Can I hold it for a week

Over The Ocean

I'm over the ocean

Over the hills, over the dell
Over the fireline
Over the sand, over the plan
Over the empire

And if I belong, then I'll be longer than expected
And if I'm wrong, the mighty and strong will be rejected

Mom Says

Mom says
The astronauts will bring it home
Mom says
The car won't make it to the lake
But I don't know

Mom says
A farm's the best place to call home
But I don't know

Mom says
We ruined her body

Coattails

He rides on coattails

Standby

You'll take it back
Glory and failure
You'll take it back
Pure and unpunctured
Standby

You'll take it back
You'll bring home the frame
You'll take it back
And weed through the black
Standby

Take back

Laugh

They're gonna laugh
Behind your back
Once you're able to stand
Steal your mattress, sever your hand

Lust

Are you finding answers
Are you speaking in tongues
Are you filled with anger
Are you filled with lust

Is it easy to bargain
Is it easy to last
Are you filled with anger
Are you filled with lust

Would it kill you to trust

Stars Gone Out

It's for certain
I never thought I'd last
Never thought the sea would try

It's for certain
You can tie me to the mast
Goodbye to all the land and lies
And when all the stars have gone out
They won't fall, you can hear them crying
And when all the stars have gone out
They're not gone, you can hear them dying
And it say it's enough

Same

I'm tired of waking up in the same clothes
And the same holes in my skin
And the same notes, in the same hair
And the same words to the same words
To the same songs in my head

Do You Know How To Waltz

One more dance
Before they take away the light
One more spin around the line
One more step
And then we'll turn and face the debt
One more reason to forget

Dark

There are many things to be afraid of
Like ghosts and death and climbing too high
There are many things to be afraid of
But don't be afraid of the dark

Secret Name

I remember

I remember every number
I remember graduation
I remember painted faces
No they couldn't believe it was you
I knew

Starfire

We'll call it starfire
Who will know
I want a station of my own
I have the tools
I have my rule

I'll load the back and you can drive
Broken bodies all the time
Let's take a ride
Starfire tonight
Ten thousand miles away
Away

Two-step

And the light, it burns your skin
In a language you don't understand

It's not that hard
It is not that hard

That's not all
Voices small
Heed them either way they call

Two-step around the room
Kneel down on white
Two-step around the room
Kneel down on white
Two-step around the room
You can kneel down on white
Two-step around the room
You can kneel down on white

That's not all
Voices small
Heed them either way they call

And the light, it burns your skin
In a language you don't understand

Weight of water

Take a cupful from your hand
Wait for forty days
Make a river through the sand
'Til you're called by a secret name

And the weight of the water has brought me back to this

Just leave me to the river
Let it cleanse my face
I have no power to ward it
Like the baptism of the earth

And the weight of the water has brought me back to this

And the step where you stood
As I bleed from the wound
How I cower to that weight
Still I'll make this water home

Missouri

Oh, speak to me Adam and Eve
Oh, Missouri
Oh, Missouri
You wanted it back, faces painted black
Oh, Missouri
Oh, Missouri
What did you get for your dishes and sweat
Oh, Missouri
Oh, Missouri
Oh, Missouri
Oh, Missouri
Oh, speak to me Adam and Eve
Oh, Missouri
Oh, Missouri
Oh, Missouri
Oh, Missouri
Oh, Missouri

Don't understand

Carry the weight
And wait at the last
Bloodied my leg
And buried my fist
I don't understand
I don't understand
I send it away
Now it's back in my breast
And drag you to town
Treat you just like a son
Alone in my house
Did they teach you to run
I don't understand
I don't understand
I don't understand

Soon

Soon it will be over
I laughed under my breath over your shoulder
There's a message out tonight
Nobody's looking at the sky
Soon it will be over
I laughed under my breath over your shoulder
You think that I don't know your name
And now your face is all in flames
You think that I don't know your name
And now I'll stand there all amazed

Immune

Tell me is the time as slow
Only when your eyes are closed
Do we stand to waste some more
Am I still immune
Am I naked too

Does it taste like home
Only when your eyes are closed
Have you been away too long
Am I still immune
Am I naked too
Am I naked too

Tell me is the time as slow
Only when your eyes are closed
Is the point to stay too long
Am I still immune
Am I naked too
Am I naked too
Feels like being used

Lion/lamb

Don't go without, we'd surely die
To go without is suicide
Are you a lion or a lamb
Are you as guilty as i am

Are you a lion or a lamb
Are you as guilty as I am

Days of

It was one of those days
Of salvation and loss
Just one of those days
When you weight for the worst
First they hold you for a ransom
Then they buy you for a song
Just one of those days
When you laugh at what you've done
How they ripped you from the pages
Oh you waited for the best
It was one of those days
Of salvation and loss

Will the night

Will the night last forever
Stay by my side
'Cause tonight, together
Would be divine
But once it's gone
Your face to hide
Against the sun
The moon
Am I on the other side
So blind
So long
Goodbye
Goodnight

Home

Home, everybody wants to go home
Even when they're old
Even when they're small
Home, everybody wants to go home
Even when they're old
Even when they're small
Home
Home
Home
Home

Old man song

Once he was up in a plane
Saw the world as it was
Only to come down again
Only to come down again

Left to his own accord
He would sit up all night
Nothing from anyone else
Nothing from anyone else

Clothes that hang on his frame
Now he could go either way
Marvels at what he believes
Marvels at what he can see

Last breath

I held your last breath in my hand.
I held your last word in my heart.

Without the recourse,
Without the liable,
Without your reasons,
What more do I know

I held your last breath in my hand.
I held your last word in my heart.
I held your last hope in my mouth.
I held your last trust in my heart.

Heart, heart



Christmas

Just Like Christmas

On our way from Stockholm
Started to snow
And you said it was like Christmas
But you were wrong
It wasn't like Christmas at all

By the time we got to Oslo
Snow was gone
And we got lost
The beds were small
But we felt so young
It was just like Christmas
It was just like Christmas
It was just like Christmas
It was just like Christmas…

Long Way Around the Sea

We've come so far
We've followed the star
Harod heard
Said "bring me word"
Take the long way around the sea

Here for us
A humble birth
The son of God
Descends to earth
Take the long way around the sea

On Christmas day
On bended knee
Please accept
The gifts we bring
Take the long way around the sea
Take the long way around the sea

We turn to go
An angel shone
Said, "don't go back
To harod's throne"
Take the long way around the sea
Take the long way around the sea

Take the long way around the sea
Take the long way around the sea

The Little Drummer Boy

Come, they told me
Pa romp pa pom pom
A newborn king you'll see
Pa romp pa pom pom
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa romp pa pom pom
To lay before the king
Pa romp pa pom pom
Romp pa pom pom, romp pa pom pom
So to honor Him, pa romp pa pom pom
When we come

Baby Jesus
Pa romp pa pom pom
I am a poor boy too
Pa romp pa pom pom
I have no gift to bring
Pa romp pa pom pom
That fit to give our king
Pa romp pa pom pom
Romp pa pom pom, romp pa pom pom
Shall I play for You, pa romp pa pom pom
On my drum

Mary nodded
Pa romp pa pom pom
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa romp pa pom pom
I played my drum for Him
Pa romp pa pom pom
I played my best for Him
Pa romp pa pom pom
Romp pa pom pom, romp pa pom pom
Then He smiled at me, pa romp pa pom pom
Me and my drum

If You Were Born Today

If you were born today
We'd kill you by age eight
Never get the chance to say

Joy to the world and
Peace on the earth
Forgive them for they know not what they do

Blessed are the meek and
Blessed are the humble
Blessed are the ninety and nine

Deny the flesh
Deny all that's evil
Tonight you'll deny me thrice

If you were born today
We'd kill you by age eight
Ever get the chance to say...

Blue Christmas

I'll have a blue blue Christmas without you
I'll be so blue just thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won't mean a thing if you're not here with me

I'll have a blue Christmas that's certain
And when that blue heartaches starts hurting
You'll be doing alright with your Christmas of white
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas

You'll be doing alright with your Christmas of white
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Taking Down the Tree

Careful, one by one
It is undone
Seems before it's over
It's begun

Another broken reindeer
Another candle
Another velvet ribbon
Another nosebleed

Winding up the lights
We set the star so high
So high
So high

One Special Gift

After we've spent all the money
On nieces and nephews
And a couple of friends

There'll be just enough left
For one special gift
For one special gift

For one special guest

Things We Lost in the Fire

Sunflower

When they found your body
Giant X's on your eyes
With your half of the ransom
You bought some sweet, sweet, sweet
Sweet sunflowers
And gave them to the night
Underneath the star of David
A hundred years behind my eyes
And with my half of the ransom
I bought some sweet, sweet, sweet
Sweet sunflowers
And gave them to the night

Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet sunflowers
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet sunflowers
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet sunflowers
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet sunflowers
And gave them to the night

Whitetail

Stay up all night
Waste time, waste light
Closer, closer
Ever closer

You win, you fail
Exit whitetail
Closer, closer
Maybe closer

Dinosaur Act

You and your daughter
And your father
Flew airplanes

You and your sister
Can tell by the back of her hands

It was a dinosaur act
Dinosaur act
Dinosaur act
Dinosaur act

After expenses
And pulling up fences
No more airplanes

And putting your foot down
A nail shot up like a bright red snowflake

Just like a dinosaur act
Dinosaur act
Dinosaur act
Dinosaur act
Dinosaur

And all through the dust
You feel that you must hear the strings of a dove

But it's a dinosaur act
Dinosaur act
Dinosaur act
Dinosaur act
Dinosaur

Medicine Magazines

They'll never cure this thing
With medicine and magazines

I know you play your part
You cover up your ever-aching heart

No one knows where you are
And no one thought you'd ever
Get that far

And how can it be that fun
When everyone around you
Dies so young

And I'm not your favourite one
But who will walk you out
When it's all done

Laser Beam

I don't need a laser beam
I don't need the time
Leave me in the car tonight
Rest your drunken mind

I need your grace alone

Lesser things are on your mind
Don't you think I know
Will this poison scar my eyes
Mother, close the door

I need your grace alone

I don't need a laser beam
I don't need a laser beam

July

Wait, it's late
We've missed the date
Gone, I guess
With the rest, the rest

They'll never wake us in time
They'll never wake us in time
Maybe we'll wait 'til July

Now, at last
I hear them pass
Gone, I guess
With the rest, the rest

They'll never wake us in time
They'll never wake us in time
Maybe we'll wait 'til July
Then August, September
October, November or December

La la, la la la

Embrace

Holding my head for the last of race
Pushing my body to get that embrace
It won't last, hold on fast
It won't last, hold on fast

Breathing in time, so hard to trace
Crushing your skull with my warming embrace
It won't last, hold on fast
It won't last, hold on fast

I fell down the stairs
I wished I were dead
You ran for the light
He handed me your head
It won't last
It won't last, hold on fast
It won't last, hold on fast

Whore

You will get your reward
You will get your reward

What is the whore you're living for
Is it so wrong to think there's more
There's always one worth waiting for
What is the whore you're living for

You fill the house with bells
But who can live like that
You wanna speak like angels
But you can't

Kind Of Girl

Half your life you kept it in
Born without a stomach
Now the thread around you spins
No, you're not that kind of girl
No, you could've had the world

Every time they lift you up
Every time more thread to cut
Seems like you've been cut enough
No, you're not that kind of girl
No, you could've had the world

Now lesser things
Pull the strings
Of priests and kings
No, you're not that kind of girl
No, you could've had the world

Like A Forest

Black, like a forest
And still, like a lion
My knees are bended
We used to speak
A different language

I wasted my breath
On words soon forgotten
Left unattended
They're moving their feet
But nobody's dancing

Ah, take your time
Ah, take your time

How can I blame you
For all of the screaming
That i've had to turn to
Just in time
To go off in my hands

Closer

Hold me closer than that
Hold me closer than that
How'd we get here so fast?
Hold me closer than that

On a dark, raging sea
Ships lay sleeping beneath
Overhead, spinning past
Hold me closer than that

Things we lost in the fire
How'd we ever get by
Words will never take back
Hold me closer than that

Hold me closer than that
Hold me closer than that
How'd we get here so fast?
Hold me closer than that

La la la la

In Metal

Filling holes with tiny sounds
Shining from the inside out
Picture of you where it began
In metal
In metal

Partly hate to see you grow
And just like your baby shoes
Wish I could keep your little body
In metal
In metal
In metal
In metal
In metal
In metal



Trust

(That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace

I knew this girl when I was young
She took her spikes from everyone
One night she swallowed up the lake
That's how you sing amazing grace
Amazing grace
Amazing grace
It sounds like razors in my ears
That bell's been ringing now for years
Someday I'll give it all away
That's how you sing amazing grace
Oh, can you hear that sweet sweet sound
Yeah, I was lost but now I'm found
Sometimes there's nothing left to save
That's how you sing amazing grace
Amazing grace
That's how you sing amazing grace

Canada

I'm not scared of waking up
I'm not afraid of getting cut
'Cause you can't take that stuff to Canada
You can't take it anywhere
You could la la la la la
And you could lie to all your friends
But you can't take that stuff to Canada
You can't take it anywhere
I used to have a golden tongue
But now the words just feel like stones
'Cause you can't take that stuff to Canada
You can't take it anywhere

Candy Girl

Candy girl
You sing that song so well
Candy girl
You try to stand so still
Wasting all our days
With Gillian and Dave
Candy girl
Candy girl
Candy girl
You sing that song so well

Time Is The Diamond

If I'm not a lion
And I'm not an island
If time is the diamond
Well all right
Got a weak pair of lungs
From a childhood disease
Will it ever come clean
Well all right
Tried to learn from the past
Keep my fist in my mouth
But they just keep falling out
Well all right
Well all right
If I'm not a lion
And I'm not an island
If time is the diamond
Well all right
Well all right

Tonight

Trying to keep time
Closer than we like
Memories still lie
Tonight
Faces of the day
Pressed up to your spine
Blessings still to come
Tonight
Tonight
Precious things unsaid
As the night begins
Who will hang his head
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight

The Lamb

You go west
Where they won't find you
With your mother's breast
And the poison arrows
'Cause you see black
And I see shadows
I am the lamb
And I'm a dead man
They'll take my name
And feed my children
With my remains
In the holy temple
'Cause I am the lamb
And I'm a dead man
I am the lamb
And I'm a dead man

In The Drugs

I was a child
I was on fire
But I stayed alive while all else died
I held my breath
What could I say
And I closed my eyes like Marvin Gaye
But now I've had enough
It's in the drugs
It's in the drugs
It's in the drugs, ah
It's in the drugs
You had your plan
A heavy hand
But the weight was more than you could stand
Breaking like dolls
Singing like birds
We always get what we deserve
But now I've had enough
It's in the drugs
It's in the drugs

Last Snowstorm of the Year

When we were young
We wanted to die
But the sound of a drum
And the words of a child
Brought different light
Now no one can tell
The winter was nice
But the summer is hell
The ground was so hard
The nights were so long
But we suffered the dark
And we wrote all those songs
Still I was a fool
I covered my ears
No I would not face the last snowstorm of the year
No I would not face the last snowstorm of the year

John Prine

I verified the math
And double-checked the syntax
I tried to heal your body
But it just kept coming back
You never had a chance
I thought I was a poet
I had so much to say
But now I want to see the blood
I want to make them pay
Yeah, I can see the day
I made a place for children
They wanted all the answers
I gave them all my lectures
And now they're perfect dancers
'Cause I'm a perfect dancer
Sha la la la la
Sha la la la la

Little Argument With Myself

I want to believe
I want to believe
I want to believe
I want to believe
Just keep counting the stars
Like someday you'll find out
Just how many there are
And we all can go home
'Cause there's nothing as sad
As a man on his back
Counting stars
But, I want to believe
Yes, I want to believe
'Cause there's nothing as sad
As a man on his back
Counting stars

La La La Song

All there years you've been speaking without breathing
Spinning closer to the sun
Had your way with an unsuspecting public
Little threads are all it takes
La la la la ...
I have learned all your secrets, so familiar
I know where you lay your head
Fear of god and a disappointing father
Holds the hand around your neck
La la la la ...
Sometimes I could just choke myself with laughter
Sometimes everything's so true
So when you come down from your death-defying labors
I'll still be in love with you
La la la la ...

Point of Disgust

Once, I was lost
To the point of disgust
I had in my sight
Lack of vision
Lack of light
I fell hard
I fell fast
Mercy me
It'll never last
Then, in the dust
All the things
We discussed
Were thrown to the wind
So at last
We begin
'Cause we fall hard
We fall fast
Mercy me
It'll never last

Shots and Ladders

They're gonna build a ladder
It's gonna take you forever
You're always such a disaster
But all you hear is laughter
They want to keep you for more tests
Stick a needle in your chest
And send you home to your own bed
And kiss your beautiful forehead
See how you feel in the morning

The Great Destroyer

Monkey

Oh my my
Little white lies
I swear I'm gonna make it right
This time
It's not the radio
Turn it way down low
Telling me things I do not know I know

Tonight you will be mine
Tonight the monkey dies
Tonight you will be mine
Tonight the monkey dies

Now who's to blame
You used to be the same
Now you won't let me speak your name
What a shame
It's a suicide
Shut up and drive
We're never going to make the light
But it's all right

Tonight you will be mine
Tonight the monkey dies
Tonight you will be mine
Tonight the monkey dies...

California

See your reflection in your mind
You keep your revelations wide eyed
They knew just where to draw the line
You let them get you every time

Though it breaks your heart
We had to sell the farm
Back to California where it's warm

It fell around you like the stars
You picked up everything they dropped
And though it breaks you like a song
You had some secrets of your own

(repeat chorus)

It's warm
It's warm

Though it breaks your heart
We had to sell the farm
Nights were just too long
With all your children gone
Would it keep you strong
If I said it with a song
Back to California where it's warm

Everybody's Song

Pour yourself another cup another cup another cup
And wait
I can't wait forever

Live your life
A stupid life a stupid life a stupid life
Nobody does it better

Breaking everybody's heart
Taking everyone apart
Breaking everybody's heart
Singing everybody's song

All your dreams are waking up are waking up are waking up in space
You can't sleep forever
Every day you torture us you torture us you torture us
Nothing stays together

(repeat chorus)

Silver Rider

At times I see you, you silver rider
Sometimes your voice is not enough
Your face in windows outside forever
Nobody dreamed you'd save the world
Nobody dreamed you'd save the world

Your march is over
The great destroyer
She passes through you like a knife
Oh take me with you
You silver rider
Sometimes your voice is not enough
Sometimes your voice is not enough

Just Stand Back

I can't decide and I can't hide
Make up my mind it's a waste of time
Here comes the knife
You better just stand back
I could turn on you so fast

It's a hit its got soul
Steal the show with your rock n' roll
With a swing like that you better just stand back
I could turn on you so fast

Just like diamonds in your hand
I'll just cut you in the end

One more step and I'll slit your neck
You'll get use to it you better just stand back
I could turn on you so fast
I could turn on you so fast
I could turn on you so fast
Just like diamonds in your hand
I could turn on you so fast
I just cut you in the end
I could turn on you so fast

On The Edge Of

Soft from your lips to the rise of your stomach
Your lungs filled with fingers keep jamming words down my throat
Nothing to steal we've got nothing to love
Nothing to spill because oh we're so innocent oh

Oh on the edge of
Oh on the edge of

I could have built you a house on the ocean
The ocean repeating and receding into the sun

So cut to you dead and now cut to the laughing
Cut through our bodies and lastly into our oh

Oh on the edge of
Oh
Oh on the edge of

Cue The Strings

Before you speak
The words are plain to see
Upon your skin
They sing, they dance and spin
So what, pray tell
Will save you now
Here comes that cold sunrise

And at the peak
We reach to cue the strings
They ring
So sweet
They lay in plain relief
So what, pray tell
Will save you now
Here comes that cold sunrise
Here comes that cold sunrise

Step

The levee's breaking
Feel it shakin' like the dirt

All the kids are sleeping
Silent dreams beneath their heads
Go to wake up screamin'
Little lights above your bed

Hey, keep an eye on what you say
You think the words just walk away
But they creep into my brain
Sinking deep into my step
My step

I am the walrus darlin'
No one ever knows my name
You are the chorus sweet thing
Never sing that song again

Hey, keep an eye on what you say
You think the words just walk away
But they're creepin' through my brain
Sinkin' deep into my step
My step

(chorus repeated)

When I Go Deaf

When I go deaf
I won't even mind
I'll be all right
I'll be just fine

I'll stay out all night
Looking at the sky
I'll still have my sight
Yeah, I'll still have my eyes

And, we will make love
We won't have to fight
We won't have to speak
And we won't have to lie

And, I'll stop writing songs
Stop scratching out lines
I won't have to think
And it won't have to rhyme

When I go deaf
When I go deaf
When I go deaf
When I go deaf

When I go deaf
When I go deaf
When I go deaf
When I go deaf

Broadway (So Many People)

Last night just north of Houston
Broadway so many people
Through your third story window
I see my favourite record store
Where is the laughter
Where is the laughter

Smiling, tasting the irony
Broadway so many people
Outside just round the corner
Letter and Bob Marley t-shirts

Where is the laughter
Where is the laughter

Baby, 10,000 years ago
Broadway so many people
Sleeping down at the factory
Waiting and singing so softly
Where is the laughter
Where is the laughter

The garden of Eden
The voices of children
Where is the laughter

Pissing

I can't see
Sing the darker of
Pissing on my toes
Knowing what I know
I know

I'm waiting
Like a loyal whore
Under every stone
Lovers sleep alone
Alone
Alone

Lovers sleep alone
Alone
Alone

Death of a Salesman

So I took my guitar
And I threw down some chords
And some words I could sing without shame

And I soon had a song
I played it around
For some friends but they all said the same

They said music's for fools
You should go back to school
The future is prisms and math

So I did what they said
Now my children are fed
'Cause they pay me to do what I'm asked

I forgot all my songs
The words now are wrong
And I burned my guitar in a rage

But the fire came to rest
In your white velvet breast
So somehow I just know that it's safe

Walk Into The Sea

I can walk into the sea
And I can choke away the memories

Do I have to stay alive
Just to keep our dresses white

You've come to me in dreams
With all the other pretty things
You tell me about a savior
And how his soul goes on forever

And time is just a hunger
It leads itself to nothing
When it finally takes us over
I hope we float away together

Yeah, time's the great destroyer
Leaves every child a bastard
But when it finally takes us over
I hope we float away together

Drums and Guns

Pretty People

All the soldiers
They're all gonna die
All the little babies
They're all gonna die
All the poets
And all the liars
And all you pretty people
You're all gonna die

Belarus

To my mouth
Frozen shut
Mother's son
Paper cup
Belarus
Belarus
Belarus
Belarus
Pressing light
Brighter sound
Black and white
Fading now
Belarus
Belarus
Belarus
Belarus

Breaker

Our bodies break
And the blood just spills and spills
But here we sit debating math
It's just a shame
My hand just kills and kills
There's gotta be an end to that
There's gotta be an end to that

Dragonfly

We took our pills
It changed the world
We had our fill
But when we realized
That we were dragonflies
We knew we had to try to find a way to get more pills
Maybe you're right
Maybe you're right
Oh dragonfly
Your thousand eyes
What do they see
The lines of history
Some things should never be
Why do we even try
There's no such thing as dragonfly pills
Maybe you're right
Maybe you're right
Oh dragonfly
Maybe you're right

Sandinista

Where would you go
If the gun fell in your hand
Home to the kids or to sympathetic friends
Oh Sandinista
Oh Sandinista
Oh Sandinista, take my side
Deep through the clouds
Hear them marching up slowly
Fresh with the blood
Of your fathers, so holy
Oh Sandinista
Oh Sandinista
Oh Sandinista, take my side
Take my side

Always Fade

Come clean and off with your head
The streams of bright rosy red
Your heart will do the rest
And you'll always fade
You'll always fade
Someday you'll change
But you'll always fade
Cut free the weight on your neck
The screams, the clutching of breast
So sorry bout the mess
But you'll always fade
Someday you'll change
But you'll always fade

Dust on the Window

Dust on the window
The sun's darkened angle
Write your initials with mine
At this time tomorrow
I'll be just one day closer
One sunset further behind
In the morning I'll make up my mind
Always a whisper
Worthless and tender
A break in my arm that won't heal
You lie like a shadow
Your breath on my pillow
You won't let me keep what I steal
Tell me where can a girl get a meal

Hatchet

You be my Charlie
And I can be your George
Let's bury the hatchet like the Beatles and the Stones
They'll play our songs forever on the radio
Let's bury the hatchet like the Beatles
The Beatles and the Stones
I know you've got a thing for ordinary guys
But I've heard your records and they sound a lot like mine
So you be my Marianne, and I'll be your Yoko
Let's bury the hatchet like the Beatles
The Beatles and the Stones
Like the Beatles
The Beatles and the Stones

Your Poison

I've spent a lot of time
Good people
Trying to make it rhyme
Good people
It gave my mind a little place to hide
If you don't like my lines
Good people
You better open wide
Good people
Call the chief
It has become my belief that your tongue is the weapon
You cut what you reap with your poison
Your poison
Your poison
Your poison

Take Your Time

So she waits on the edges of the mattress
What it takes to get a bad mess out of a bad dress
When she sings it's like a blue dove on a whipping post
When she speaks she thanks the good lord for the holy ghost
Take your time sweet thing
Take your time
Take your time sweet thing
Take your time

In Silence

They put the treasure deep inside us
Inside us
Inside us
They thought the desert would divide us
Divide us
Divide us
With silence
With silence
With silence
With silence
They filled our hearts and hands with violence
With violence
With violence
It's time to leave the fields behind us
Behind us
Behind us
In silence
In silence
In silence
In silence
In silence
In silence
In silence

Murderer

One more thing before I go
One more thing I'll ask you, lord
You may need a murderer
Someone to do your dirty work
Don't act so innocent
I've seen you pound your fists into the earth
And I've read your books
Seems that you could use another fool
Well, I'm cruel
And I look right through
You must have more important things to do
So if you need a murderer
Someone to do your dirty work

Violent Past

All I can do is fight
Even if I know you're right
All I can do is fight
Pretty fingers holding fast
Maybe it's your violent past
Maybe it's your violent past
All you can do is hide
God bless the darkness of the night
All you can do is hide
Pretty fingers, the golden calf
Maybe it's your violent past
Maybe it's your violent past
Maybe it's the violet path
Maybe it's your violent past
Maybe it's the violet path
Maybe it's your violent past

C'Mon

Try to Sleep

You try to sleep
'Cause there's never enough
You try to sleep
But then you never wake up

Inside the dream
You take a step
You come to see
To see your debt

Try to sleep
Don't look at the camera
Try to sleep

You stretch your wings
You take a breath
You hide your feet
Embrace your head

A tragedy
No, there's never enough
You try to sleep
But then you never wake up

Try to sleep
Don't look at the camera
Try to sleep

But then you never wake up
But then you never wake up
You never wake up
Never wake up
C'mon, wake up

You See Everything

Quakin' with the ground
See my smile
Watch you frown
Pick it up

Lay it down
Life's too short
To be your clown
Your clown

You see everything
But I don't

Lift up the veil
Get me out of this well
On the shore
We recline

Come on in
The water's fine
So fine

You see everything
But I don't
You see everything
But I don't

You see everything
But I don't
You see everything
But I don't

You see everything
You see everything

Witches

You played the part of the one
Who was taken down by gods
All I could think about was how a guy
Like me could fight them off

And when you finally
Submitted to embarrassing capture
Out of the corner of my eye
I see my children in rapture

One night I got up and told my father
There were witches in my room
He gave me a baseball bat and said
"Here's what you do"

When you have finally
Submitted to embarrassing capture
Take out that baseball bat
And show those witches some pasture

All you guys out there
Trying to act like Al Green
All you guys out there
Trying to act like Al Green, you're all weak

Cause when you've finally
Submitted to embarrassing capture
All you guys out there
Gonna wish you were Al Green

Done

Left my lair
To the wind and the sand
With blood on my lips
And silver in hand

And I'm weary and stumbling
In the desert heat
Where raindrops, they burn up
Before they reach your cheek
Your cheek, your cheek

And if you see my love
And if you see my love
And if you see my love
Tell her I'm done

Especially Me

Cry me a river
So I can float over to you
The bearer to deliver the news

I'm over the moon
And underfoot
All these elixirs would be moot

'Cause if we knew where we belong
There'd be no doubt where we're from
But as it stands, we don't have a clue
Especially me and probably you

You've fallen in a slumber
Just wake one more time
To miss or put asunder
Would be a crime

Some songs feel like butter
Some songs sound like cake
This little number is for your sake

'Cause if we knew where we belong
There'd be no doubt where we're from
But as it stands, we don't have a clue
Especially me and probably you, probably you

'Cause if we knew where we belong
There'd be no doubt where we're from
But as it stands, we all need the truth
Especially me and probably you, probably you
Probably you, definitely you

$20

A heart that won't burst
And lips that don't thirst
I thought of you first

My love is for free, my love
My love is for free
My love is for free, my love
My love is for free

The breath of a bird
A voice never heard
But you knew every word

My love is for free, my love
My love is for free
My love is for free, my love
My love is for free

The dream is enough
The price is too much
But it's nothing to us

My love is for free, my love
My love is for free
My love is for free, my love
My love is for free

Majesty/Magic

See how they twist 'round the room
Oh majesty, oh magic
How could they leave us so soon
Oh majesty, oh magic

Oh majesty, oh magic
Oh majesty, oh magic
Oh majesty, oh magic
Oh majesty, oh magic

Nightingale

Sunrise and I see her eyes
Oh why'd you come, and oh why
Eternally break the spell
I try to tell, but I don't

Oh nightingale, oh nightingale
Oh nightingale don't you cry

So sad and my eyes go dead
So red, so empty, so red
You smile I chase my tail
You laugh like hell, but I don't

Oh nightingale, oh nightingale
Oh nightingale don't you cry
Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry

Oh nightingale, oh nightingale
Oh nightingale, oh nightingale
Oh nightingale, oh nightingale

Nothing But Heart

I would be your king
But you wanna be free
Confusion and art
I'm nothing but heart
I'm nothing but heart...

Something's Turning Over

As a child I hid between the pages
Cutting secret phrases overhead
But things we turn our back on when we're older
Only drag us back into our bed

Something's turning over
You'd better get out while you can
Something's turning over

Angels setting fire to the ocean
Pirates making liars out of men
No, I don't think we'll ever see their faces
I don't think we'll ever see the end

Something's turning over
You'd better get out while you can
Something's turning over
Get out while you're young

Every now and then I feel them breathing
Moving through the rooms so quietly
And just because you never hear their voices
Don't mean they won't kill you in your sleep

The Invisible Way

Plastic Cup

You could always count on your friends to get you high
That's right
You could always count on the rents to get you by
You could fly

Now they make you piss into a plastic cup
Give it up
The cup will probably be here long after we're gone
What's wrong
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
They'll probably dig it up a thousand years from now
And how
They'll probably wonder what the hell we used it for
And more

This must be the cup the king held every night
As he cried

Maybe you should go out and write your own damn song
And move on

Amethyst

You hide, you always hide
So deep inside the amethyst mind
The color bleeds and fades to white
What used to be a violent mind
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
Afraid the things they say
They reach and stranger get their way
You claim they can't touch you
Still you choose to take the edge of the room

Oh time, it pulls out your eyes
It makes you choose between two lives
So what, you've got that too
You're nobody's stupid girl

So Blue

Dream the day
Caught in the sway
Miles gone inside
Into the air
I take a breath
No longer care
To be the death

Even time
We took a light
Songs leaving alive
Into the air
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
I take a breath
No longer dare
To be the death of you
Of you
So blue
So blue
With you

And into the air
We take a chance
Can no longer bare
To miss the dance
With you
With you

So blue
So blue
With you
With you

So blue
So blue
With you
With you

So blue
So blue
With you
With you

So blue
So blue

Holy Ghost

Some holy ghost
Keeps me hanging on
Hanging on

Some holy ghost
Keeps me hanging on
Hanging on

I feel the hands
But I don't see anyone
Anyone

I feel the hands
But I don't see anyone
It's there and gone
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
Feeds my passion for transcendence
Turns my water into wine
Makes me wish I was empty

Now I don't know much
But I can tell when something's wrong
And something's wrong

But some holy ghost
Keeps me

Waiting

I'm waiting like a child
Hope runs wild
The truth can hide
Sometimes right behind the sorrow

I see beyond the smile
Cheat and lie
I'm not blind
Suicide, still I'll be here tomorrow

So leave it alone
Dogs come home
Even the stone finds a place within the hollow, yeah
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
I'm waiting like a child
Hope runs wild
The truth can hide
Sometimes right behind the sorrow, yeah

Clarence White

Clarence White and Josh Murray
I never thought I'd see the day
It hurts to hear but it's so easy to say

Clarence White
I know I shouldn't be afraid

You think it's pretty
Oh no, I am a raging river
I'll cut through your city
Oh no, just like destroying angel

The one from the movie
Oh no, the one with Charlton Heston
That used to scare me
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
But I know I shouldn't be afraid
I know I shouldn't be afraid
I know I shouldn't be afraid
I know I shouldn't be afraid

Four Score

Four score
Even
Alas
You'll tell me your
Fortunes
Taken
The stand
Forsaken

But none forgotten
Borrowed
Boughten
And so

All in, all out
Of something
Worth everything
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
All in, all out
Of everything
Worth nothing

But none forgotten
Borrowed
Boughten
And so

Just Make It Stop

If I could just make it stop
I could tell the whole world
To get out of the way
If I could just make it stop

If I could just make it stop
Breaking my heart
Get out of the way
If I could just make it stop

You see I'm close to the edge
I'm at the end of my rope
The rope is starting to thread
I'm trying to keep my hold
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
You say I'm something I'm not
But I'm not what I seem
Get my back off the wall
If I could just make it stop

If I could just make it stop
I could tell the whole world
To get out of the way
If I could just make it stop

If I could just make it stop
Breaking my heart
Get out of the way
If I could just make it stop
If I could just make it stop

Now I'm looking up
From a ten foot hole
Seeing nothing but blue sky
Shining on my soul

As I untie the chord
And untwist the knot
We could get where we're going
If I could just make it stop

If I could just make it stop
I could tell the whole world
To get out of the way
If I could just make it stop

If I could just make it stop
From breaking my heart
Get out of the way
If I could just make it stop
If I could just make it stop

Mother

When you became my mother
There was time
You thought I'd be a daughter
But didn't mind

And as the world began to measure
And define
We had time
We had time
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
You gave me light and language
And a name
You held me to the fire
To the flame

Now if I could tell the future
All the same
Why would I
We have time

Deep beneath the surface of the earth
So many bodies waiting for the world
When every child and mother will return
Forever
We'll have time

On My Own

At the end of the story
At the start of the song
That's the part that just threw me
On my own

How want turns to hungry
How hope turns to no
How fear turns to angry
On my own
On my own

So if you wake up before me
If you find you were wrong
Then there's nothing worth holding
On my own, on my own
On my own, on my own
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
Happy birthday, happy birthday
Happy birthday, happy birthday...

To Our Knees

And the love we all need
Was running hard to be free
It got caught up in the forest
By the branches on the trees

By the creatures of the daylight
And the beasts of the night
Then the mountains and the rivers
Took their turn on its lean
I'm always on the run and I hate copy past for god's sake
It went stumbling down the hill side
Where it landed on its knees
On its knees, on its knees, on its knees
And see

And the love we all need
Once we landed from its speed
We adore it and abused it
Till it brought us to our knees

To our knees, to our knees
To our knees

Ones and Sixes

Gentle

Gentle, middle, quiet, narrow
Careful, measure
Tortured, stable
It doesn't have to end this way
But this is where we stand

Conscious, watching, waiting
Silence, listen, hello
Blessing, treading
It doesn't have to end this way
But this is where we stand

Hell could be a colder place
Feel my breath slipping away
It kills me, even so I stay
I will listen to what you say
Hell could be a colder place
Feel my breath slipping away
It kills, even so I stay
I will listen to what you say

Hell could be a colder place
Feel my breath slipping away
It kills, even so I stay
I will listen to what you say
Hell could be a colder place
Feel my breath slipping away
It kills, even so I stay
I will listen to what you say

No Comprende

You know you didn't understand me
I didn't say it was a problem
Before you start to make assumtions
Let's try to cut to the solution
You know we should have seen it coming
You couldn't wait till it crossed that line
Your hands were tied

I know I do not know the language
(our house is on fire)
You keep me talking in a circle
(house with desire)
You can't just throw it in the trailer
You've got to stack it so it's stable
(our house is on fire)

Got to wind up all the cables
Couldn't wait to cross that line
Your hands were tied
To the last that you could find It breaks you everytime

On fire
House is on fire

Spanish Translation

Everything always confusion
Things I could never explain
Then I saw your Spanish translation
And nothing has since been the same

All that I thought I knew then
Flew out the back of my head
Into the river it bled
Everything once within reason
Falling away like the dust

Naked and dim as an echo
Far away empty of light
Reaching expanding collapsing
Breathing repeating and bright

All that I thought I knew then
Flew out the back of my head
Into the river it bled
Everything once within reason
Falling away like the dust

All that I thought I knew then
Blew out the back of my head
Into the river it bled
Everything once within reason
Falling away like the dust

Congregation

Sometimes
The congregation takes the other side
An inquisition of familiar lies
A grave distraction from a quiet rite

Sometimes
The congregation can't make up its mind
Incarceration creeps up from behind
The implication is its own device
In the middle of a synod fight

Sometimes
The congregation can't be satisfied
Can't be bothered with the ways and whys
Generations like the ways and time

No End

I couldn't wait to come back through
To you
I thought I had so much to prove
Untrue
I couldn't stand and leave you to
Can't lose the last shrew
That's cool
Wining away the hours and days
Unmade
Anticipating plans and ways
To change
So many things that I can't take
Away today
It's too late
Into the night and out again
My friend is away
With no end
With no end
No end

Into You

I can't explain
The slowing of my brain
The underlying vein
That flows right into you
Trace of oil and shell
Penetrate the well
Tired to be so frail
It flows right into you
Right through the tomb
Below what's new
Right into you

It flows right into you
Right through the tomb
Below what's new
Right into you

What Part Of Me

What part of me don't you know?
What part of me don't you own?
What part of me don't you know?
What part of me don't you own?

Can't you see that I'm bleedin' out here?
Waking up from a dreamin' out here
It's gettin' hard to believe in out here
It's a 100 degreesin' out here

What part of me don't you know?
What part of me don't you own?
What part of me don't you know?
What part of me don't you own?

Sometimes it scares to death
Sometimes it takes all my breath
Talking, talking and pleading all night
It must be somewhere to reach the other side

What part of me don't you know?
What part of me don't you own?
What part of me don't you know?
What part of me don't you own?

Don't you know

The Innocents

All you innocents
Make a run for it
All you innocents
Might be done for it

All you innocents
Make a run for it
All the innocents
Might be done for it

To begin with, there's the two of us
Never minding the world
With the armor of a few of us
Losing everything to hope

All you innocents
Make a run for it
All you innocents
Might be done for it

Kid In The Corner

They put the kid in the corner
They put the kid in the corner
They put the kid in the corner
They put the kid in the corner

We couldn't wait any longer
We couldn't get through the border
We couldn't wait any longer
We couldn't get through the border

You put the kid in the corner
Can't you go any faster?
Can't you hit any harder?
Can't you go any faster?
Can't you hit any harder?

They put the kid in the corner
They put the kid in the corner
They put the kid in the corner
They put the kid in the corner

Lies

When they found you on the edge of the road
You had a pistol underneath your coat
But it all started back in '79
Your mother used to work from sunset to 5
And when you knew enough to know where to go
You said you wanted to be out on your own
Why don't you tell me what you really want
Instead of making up the same old lies, lies, lies

You say you must be going out of your mind
And I can see you when I look in your eyes
You're always talking on the end of your tongue
And sweep the ashes underneath the rug
You swear you're having just the time of your life
You've got it wrapped in pretty papers and white
Why don't you tell me what you really want
Instead of making up the same old lies, lies, lies
Lies, lies, lies
Lies, lies, lies

Oh, baby, we gotta go
The shadow's taking its toll
We're not winning anymore
Time is keeping score
It's the blind leading the blind
One can handle the night
Oh, it's not what I wanna say
But I'll say it anyway

When I saw you on the edge of the road
You had a pistol underneath your coat
I should be sleeping by your lonely side
Instead of working on this song all night

Landslide

Talk it out loud
Talk to myself
A stone in a cloud
Silence in hell

Look at the smile
Broken latif
Torn at the mouth
Loosing our feet
Caught in a landslide

Let it all out
Scream till you bleed
There's no coming back
The sun shatter sleep (?)

So you call me brother
Sister I plea
Out of lies (?)
An out of all leak
Call it a landslide

DJ

Our fathers said what their fathers said
Our mothers did what their mothers did
We find each other on the edge of it
To be forgiven if we don't forget

You want religion, you want assurance
A resurrection, some kind of purpose
You have the vision, you opened your eyes
A complication, you should have looked twice

You have forgotten how to use your head
You got somebody else to paint your fence
Is it the body or the evidence?
You want it all without the consequence

You want religion, you want assurance
A resurrection, some kind of purpose
It's not what you say, it's what you take back
Like a DJ, you've gotta shake that

Non Albums Tracks

*** Thanx a lot to Sebastiaan for these Lyrics ***

...I Love

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

I love little baby ducks
Old pickup trucks
Slow moving trains
And rain
I love little country streets
Sleep without dreams
Sunday school in May
And, hey… and I love you too
I love leaves in the wind
Pictures of my friends
Birds of the world
And squirrels
I love coffee in a cup
Little fuzzy pups
Bourbon in a glass
And grass
And I love you, too
I love honest open smiles
Kisses from a child
Tomatoes on the vine
And onions
I love winners when they cry
Losers when they try
And music when it's good
And life
And I love you too

Back Home Again

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

There's a storm across the valley, clouds are rolling in
The afternoon is heavy on your shoulders
There's a truck out on the four lane, a mile or more away
The whining of his wheels just makes it colder

He's an hour away from riding on your prayers up in the sky
And ten days on the road are barely gone
There's a fire softly burning, supper's on the stove
But it's the light in your eyes that makes him warm

Hey, it's good to be back home again
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again

There's all the news to tell him, how's you spend your time
And what's the latest thing the neighbours say
And your mother called last Friday, "Sunshine" made her cry
And you felt the baby move just yesterday

Hey, it's good to be back home again
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again

Oh, the time that I can lay this tired old body down
And feel your fingers feather soft upon me
The kisses that I live for, the love that lights my way
The happiness that living with you brings me

It's the sweetest thing I know of, just spending time with you
It's the little things that make a house a home
Like a fire softly burning and supper on the stove
The light in your eyes that makes me warm

Hey, it's good to be back home again
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again

Hey, it's good to be back home again
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again
I said hey, it's good to be back home again

Be there

( Songs for a dead pilot EP )

I don't wanna be there when you're wrong
I don't wanna be there when you find out
I don't wanna be there when you break glass
And I don't wanna be there when they drag you out

You can't speak backwards
You can't save the animals

And I don't wanna be there when you're wrong
And I don't wanna be there when you find out
I don't wanna be there when you break glass
And I don't wanna be there when they drag you out

La la la...

Because you stood still

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

You swallowed your tongue
Now you've had your film
They said you did nothing
Because you stood still
Because you stood still
Because you stood still

Your red ragged wings
And cold tiny hands
Will never be able
To count all that sand
To count all that sand
To count all that sand

They said you were sick
Yeah your mighty ill
They said you did nothing
Because you stood still
Because you stood still
Because you stood still
Because you stood still
Because you stood still

Blowin' in the wind

( Bob Dylan Cover / A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

How many roads must a man walk down
Before they call him a man
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand
How many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they are forever banned
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

How many years must a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea
How many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free
How many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky
How many years must one man have
Before he can hear people cry
And how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

Blue eyed devil

( Soul Coughing Cover / A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Blue eyed devil
Blue eyed devil

Born to be a god among salesmen
Working the skinny tie
Slugging down fruit juice
Extra tall extra wide

Blue eyed devil
Blue eyed devil

Thirty three degrees
Six hundred and sixty six
Come on come on come on

Moving door to door to door to door to door to door
Stoned motel room
Nice cool on the bathroom floor

Blue eyed devil
Blue eyed devil

Leave me alone I'm not the devil
Leave me alone I'm not the devil
Leave me alone I'm not the devil
Leave me alone

Blue eyed devil
Blue eyed devil
Blue eyed devil
Blue eyed devil

Bombscare

This time
Your lips won't be afraid
This time
Your hand won't be betrayed

Made my plan
No more counting sand
Your last wish
Your tax on my demands

Another scare
Heathrow won't care
Turning my hair
Once in the air

Born by the wires

( Songs for a dead pilot EP )

May I never go
Beyond the mile
May I sleep in places
Where I'm well

Born by the wires
Born by the wires

May I'm building
Castles never done
May I sleep in places
Where I'm well

Born by the wires
Born by the wires

Boyfriends & Girlfriends

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Boyfriends
And girlfriends
And enemies
Those upon which we rely

I can't wait for the day
They place it on my lips

For the boyfriends
And girlfriends
And enemies
And God

I can't wait for the day
They place it on my tongue

Boyfriends
And girlfriends
And enemies

Bright

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

I was so bright
I was so bright
Was so…
I was so bright

Carnival Queen

( Jandek Cover / A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Carnival queen
All the ghosts lay by your side
Moaning, groaning
Songs of woe

Carnival queen
Your hair is on fire
Your arrows pierce my bones

Angel, madonna
Your eyes are on fire
Breathing quiet prayers
Angel, madonna
You breathe
Pumping life into my veins

Carnival queen
All the ghosts stay by your side
Moaning, groaning
Songs of woe

Carnival queen
Your hair is on fire
Your nails pierce my palms

Cheek

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Cheek swollen
Part of face
Between mouth and ears

Is included in animals
And humans in entire earth

Unlike eyes
They are not the source of tears
They are a natural element
Originated at natal birth

Condescend

( Songs for a dead pilot EP )

To a point
You will fail
So I'll condescend

Without doubt
You will fail
Then I'll condescend

At a point
I will fail
Still I condescend

To a point
You will fail
So I'll condescend
Then I'll condescend
Still I condescend

David & Jude

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

You stay with David
I'll stay with Jude

You stay with David
I'll stay with Jude

Someday, the paperwork
Will all come through

Then I'll stay with David
And you can stay with Jude

Don't Carry It All

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Don't carry it all
Don't carry it all
Don't carry it all
Don't carry it

Wake up like giants, so tall
With open eyes like Judas and Paul
And John

After all you done
Don't carry it all…

Don't drop the baby

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Whatever you do, don't drop the baby
Whatever you do, don't drop the baby
Whatever you do
Don't drop the baby
The baby is small
The baby needs love
The baby will cry

Whatever you do, don't drop the baby
Whatever you do, don't drop the baby
Whatever you do
Don't drop the baby
Mom will be mad
And you will be sad
The baby will cry

"Remember kids
The baby's got a soft spot on the top of his head
And you should never touch that"

Whatever you do, don't drop the baby
Be careful with the baby
Whatever you do, don't drop the baby
Baby is fragile
Whatever you do
Whatever you do

So, how old are you
Two
Have you ever seen raging bull
No

So is there anything anyone wants to say
Ok we have a gracias
Anything else
Oh John Denver
Song for Nico
I don't know, there's this one band from the sixties and seventies and stuff from America
They're called the beach boys. Did they come over here
I think they made a record called Holland
Anyway, they where over here for a while and maybe a song... It was in 1972...
Or 3 they did a record called Holland.
This is one of their first songs, and it was really popular in the United States cause of...
‘Cause on the shores, the waves get really big, we borrowed this thing from people from Hawaii
And it's called surfing... It's like... skateboarding
Do you have skateboarding around here
Skateboarding is really cool, you should… it's really popular.

Down By The River

(Neil Young Cover)

Be on my side
I'll be on your side, baby
There is no reason
For you to hide
It's so hard for me
Staying here all alone
When you could be
Taking me for a ride

Yeah, she could drag me
Over the rainbow
Send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Dead, oh, shot her dead

You take my hand
I'll take your hand
Together we may get away
This much madness
Is too much sorrow
It's impossible
To make it today

Yeah, she could drag me
Over the rainbow
Send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Dead, oh, shot her dead

Be on my side
I'll be on your side, baby
There is no reason
For you to hide
It's so hard for me
Staying here all alone
When you could be
Taking me for a ride

Yeah, she could drag me
Over the rainbow
Send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Dead, oh, shot her dead

Fearless

( Pink Floyd Cover / A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

You say the hill's to steep to climb, climbing
You say you'ld like to see me try, climbing
You pick the place and I'll choose the time
And I'll climb the hill in my own way
Just wait a while for the right day
And as I rise above the tree-line and the clouds
I look down, hearing the sounds of all the things you've said today

Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling
Mercyless the magistrate turns round, frowning
And who's the fool who wears the crown
No doubt in your own way
And every day is the right day
And as you rise above the fear-lines in his crown
You look down, hearing the sound of the faces in the growd

You never walk alone, you never walk alone
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you never walk alone, you never walk alone

Heartbeat

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

I feel old
I feel cold
I am so blind
Is there something there behind me?
Like a movie
I am mesmerised by my own beat
Like a heartbeat
Like a heartbeat
Like a heartbeat

Hey Chicago

( Songs for a dead pilot EP )

Hey Chicago
Hey Chicago
Hey Chicago
I'm leaving
Hey that's what you get for stealing

I Am The Lamb

You go west
Where they won't find you
With your mother's breast
And the poison arrows
‘Cause you see black
And I see shadows
I am the lamb
And I'm a dead man

They'll take my name
And feed my children
With my remains
In the holy temple
‘Cause I am the lamb
And I'm a dead man
I am the lamb
And I'm a dead man

I started a joke

( The Bee Gees Cover / A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

I started a joke
That started the whole world crying
But I couldn't see
That the joke was on me

I started to cry
It started the whole world laughing
If I'd only seen
That the joke was on me

I looked at the sky
Running my hands over my eyes
I fell out of bed
Hurting my head from things that I'd said

I finally died
Which started the whole world living
If I'd only seen
That the joke was on me

I looked at the sky
Running my hands over my eyes
I fell out of bed
Hurting my head from things that i'd said

'Til I finally died
It started the whole world living
If I'd only seen
That the joke was on me
Me, me, me...

Joan Of Arc

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Joan of Arc
Will never save you now
But then Joan of Arc
Never promised much

She never knew your name, love
She never knew your name

Such a precious hand
Such a guilty hand

Joan of Arc
Will never save you now
But then Joan of Arc
Never promised much

Joan of Arc
Will never save you now
But then Joan of Arc
Never promised much

Kindly Blessed

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Don't ask me for a favor
Don't ask me for a plea
I'll only do your bidding
If you stop condoling me

But I'll cry, cry, cry like the best
Cry, cry, cry like the rest
Don't ask me to forgive you
I'm not so kindly blessed

Frustrating as it seems
You're not the first to thank
Excuse me for my needs
There is no other way

So I'll cry, cry, cry like the best
Cry, cry, cry like the rest
Don't ask me to forgive you
I'm not so kindly blessed
Don't ask me to forgive you
I'm not so kindly blessed

Landlord

( Songs for a dead pilot EP )

Let's keep the landlord in mind
As the microphones pick up
The soft ones

Let's keep the carpets in mind
As the microphones pick up
The soft ones
The loud ones
The slow ones
The bright ones
The meaningful ones
The distance
The good pets
The wordless
The stateless

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

( The Smiths Cover / A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Last night I dreamt
That somebody loved me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm

Last night I felt
Real arms around me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm

So, tell me how long
Before the last one
And tell me how long
Before the right one

The story is old
I know but it goes on
The story is old
I know but it goes on

Goes on, goes on
Goes on
It goes on

Lift

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Lift me up
Like burdens brought past the light

Lift me up
Like one light to daring heights

Lift me up
Like lake of fire, burning white
Burning white

Lift me up
Like building halls counting lights

Long Long Long

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

It's been a long long long time
How could I ever have lost you
When I loved you
It took a long long long time
Now I'm so happy I found you
How I love you
So many tears I was searching
So many tears I was wasting, oh, oh
Now I can see you, be you
How can I ever misplace you
How I want you
Oh I love you
You know that I need you
Oh I love you

Lord can you hear me

( Spiritualized Cover / A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Lord, help me out
Take my life, I'm in doubt
Just where my soul will lie
Deep in the earth or way up in the sky

Lord can you hear me, when I call
Lord can you hear me, when I call
Lord can you hear me, when I call
Lord can you hear me, hear me at all

All, all my love has left my side
Can't get enough life
Keep me satisfied
And I've lost about everything
Lord look what's made out of me

Lord can you hear me, when I call
Lord can you hear me, when I call
Lord can you hear me, when I call
Lord can you hear me, hear me at all

Lord can you hear me, when I call
Lord can you hear me, when I call
Lord can you hear me, when I call
Lord can you hear me, hear me at all

No Need

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

I don't need the lot
I don't need a lot of things
I don't need the past
I don't need a lot of things

I don't need your smile
I don't need a lot of things
I don't need my eyes
I don't need a lot of things

Overhead

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Wanted
Bring him back alive if you can
All said
You can tell your lies to the dead
Overhead
You don't have to like
What you're fed
Overhead
Overhead

Wanted
Bring him back alive if you can
Trusted
You don't know how fast it could end
Overhead
You don't have to like
What you're fed
Overhead
Overhead
Overhead
Overhead

Peanut Butter Toast And American Bandstand

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Peanut Butter Toast and American Bandstand
Teach me how to cook
Teach me how to dance
Nobody's up I don't need anybody
Peanut Butter Toast and American Bandstand

Prisoner

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

I am not a prisoner
I'm not a prisoner but I'm in prison

Sleep at the bottom

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

You wanna sleep on the bottom
You wanna look up and see them shout
Tonight

You wanna sleep on the bottom
You want your voice in this life to
Abide

This life
This life
This life
This life

This life
This life
This life

Surfer girl

( The Beach Boys Cover / A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Little surfer my dear one
What makes my heart come undone
Do you love me surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl

I have watched you on the shore
Standing at the ocean's door
Do you love me little surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl

We could ride the surf together
As our love would grow
In my woodie I would take you
Everywhere I go

So I say from me to you
I could make your dreams come true
Do you love me do you surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl
Surfer girl my little surfer girl

Tear Down

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Who wades through fire
Who's the champion
It's written on your back
Build it up, but they can't

Tear down
Tear down

Who fades the lights
Who needs the net
It's written on your back
Build it up, but they can't

Tear down
Tear down
Tear down
Tear down

Down, down
Down, down

The Last Snowstorm Of The Year

When we were young
We wanted to die
But the sound of a drum
And the words of a child
Brought different light
Now no one can tell
The winter was nice
But the summer is hell

The ground was so hard
The nights were so long
But we suffered the dark
And we wrote all those songs
Still I was a fool
I covered my ears
No I would not face the last snowstorm of the year
No I would not face the last snowstorm of the year

Those girls

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Don't speak
Those boys don't know you
Those boys think you're so empty
You know that death is in your mind
Close to the frozen borderline

And you'll never have to be those girls again
And you'll never have to be those girls again

Here you come with your reputations
Your hesitations
And your song
And you'll never have to be those girls again
You'll never have to be those girls again
And you'll never have to be those girls again
And you'll never have to be those girls again

Tired

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

I'm tired of history
I'm tired of maths
I'm tired of history
I'm tired of maths

I'm tired of history
I'm tired of maths
I'm tired of long divisions
I'm tired of the past

Tomorrow One

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Wouldn't you say it's over by now
Wouldn't you say it's over

Tomorrow makes tomorrow up
Today I've learned to feed myself
To choose the words to choose the weight
To break the hand of someone else

Wouldn't you say it's over by now
Wouldn't you say it's over

Wouldn't you say it's over by now
Wouldn't you say it's over

Try try try

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Try try try to live the lie
But everybody knows it's me

Turning Over

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

I picked the guy
Dragged the lake
It's turning over
Turn around

I played the part, I
Made you wait
It's turning over
Turn around

Venus

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Venus
I can hardly see you
Venus
I can hardly see you

You're fed up with your friends

You're fed up with the end
You're fed up with the make-up
Make-up

Venus

Have you ever seen us
Venus
Have you ever seen us

You're fed up with your friends

You're fed up with the end
You're fed up with the make-up
Make-up

Have you seen my dreams
They're the same as yours it seems
Venus

I can hardly see you
Venus
Oh I can hardly see you
See you

Walk You Out

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

I'll walk you out
I'll take the weight
You'll never build it
You'll never stay

I will walk you out

I'll walk you out
You will feel cold
Cry to me often
Remember this, you won't

I will walk you out
I will walk you out
I will walk you out
I will walk you out

When you walked

( A Lifetime of Temporary Relief LP )

Blinded by love
I was lost in the dark
And I fell down real hard
Should've known from the start

When you walked out on me
I was put in my place
Now you can tell where I've been
By the smile on my face

So I'll go on
Don't retrace my steps
But I might just come back
Like I never left

When you walked out on me
I was put in my place
Now you can tell where I've been
By the smile on my face
Now you can tell where I've been
By the smile on my face

Will the night

( Songs for a dead pilot EP )

Will the night last forever
Stay by my side
'Cause tonight, together
Would be divine
But once it's gone
Your face to hide
Against the sun
The moon
Am i on the other side
So blind
So long
Goodbye
Goodnight

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