B i o g r a p h y
 (by official site)

British singer-songwriter Tom McRae has been quietly moving up the ranks of the most respected songwriters in the world today after releasing four critically acclaimed studio albums over the last 9 years.

His eponymous debut album in 2000 was nominated for a The Mercury Prize, a Q Magazine Award, and a Brit, and the subsequent two years of touring cemented his reputation as one the most entertaining and powerful artists touring today.

Just Like Blood, his second album was released to wide acclaim, especially in America, where every track was licensed for tv and film use, his style of music fitting perfectly the more darker output of LA's film studios.

In 2004 McRae moved to LA, and while making his third album, All Maps Welcome, began playing regularly at The Hotel Café venue in Hollywood. The connection McRae made with fellow musicians led to the Hotel Café Tour, a travelling revue show featuring dozens of artists, which annually tours the USA coast to coast, as well as occasional forays into Europe. The tour is something of a phenomenon in the states, providing a forum for new talent that may otherwise be unable to reach a live audience on such a scale.

After signing to V2 in 2006, the following year McRae released King Of Cards, a more upbeat offering than previous albums. The demise of the label during the promotion phase didn't diminish Tom's enthusiasm for the fight, and he toured the album twice that year, proving a huge hit at festivals across Europe, recruiting more fans everywhere he went,

Now, after a year away from touring, during which Tom moved back to London from Brooklyn, he is about to release his fifth studio album.

The Alphabet of Hurricanes, an album in two parts, is scheduled for release in September 2009, with a second volume to follow in early 2010. It is McRae's most ambitious album to date, recorded over three years in studios, hotel rooms, and backstage both in the US and UK. Having set up his own studio, Gunpoint, in east London, McRae has been taken charge of the production once again, with his haunting melodies and poetic lyrics given a new sonic palette in an eclectic selection of powerful songs.


Tom will tour the new album with a full band, and - as his fans can attest - for an artist working in a genre often considered by the music press to be “sensitive and self-indulgent” he can take the roof off a venue with his passionate performances, as well as forging a strong humorous bond with his audience.

The Alphabet of Hurricanes Tour and album and look set to further add to the cult that is rapidly springing up around this talented and dedicated artist.




Tom McRae
- 2000-10-02 -

You cut her hair
End of the world news
2nd law
Bloodless
Draw down the stars
One more mile
The boy with the bubblegun
Hidden camera show
A & B song
Language of fools
Untitled
Sao paulo rain
I ain't scared of lightning


Just Like Blood
- 2003-02-03 -

A day like today
You only disappear
Ghost of a shark
Stronger than dirt
Overthrown
Walking 2 hawaï
Mermaid blues
Karaoke soul
Line of fire
Human remains


All maps welcome
- 2005-05-05 -

For the restless
Hummingbird song
The girl who falls downstairs
How the west was won
Packing for the crash
It ain't you
Strangest land
My vampire heart
Silent boulevard
Still lost
Border song


King Of Cards
- 2007-04-30 -

Set The Story Straight
Bright Lights
Got A Suitcase, Got Regrets
Keep Your Picture Clear
Houdini And The Girl
Sound Of The City
On And On
Deliver Me
One Mississippi
The Ballad of Amelia Earhart
Lord, How Long

 


The Alphabet of Hurricanes
- 2010-02-22 -



Still Love You
A is For (Instrumental)
Won't Lie
Summer of John Wayne
Told My Troubles To The River
American Spirit
Please
Out of the Walls
Me & Stetson
Can't Find You
Best Winter
Fifteen Miles Downriver

From The Lowlands
- 2012-09-10 -



Lately's All I Know
Nothing On The Dry Land
Sloop John B
Belly Of A Whale
Fuck You, Prometheus
From The Lowlands
Ship Of Blue And Green
All That's Gone
The Alphabet Of Hurricanes

Did I Sleep and Miss the Border
- 2015-05-10 - With The Standing Band



The High Life
The Dogs Never Sleep
Christmas Eve, 1943
Expecting the Rain
Let Me Grow Old With You
We Are the Mark
My Desert Bride
Lover Still You
Hoping Against Hope

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Black Heart Rodeo
Election day
Give in
Hear me now
I Don't Dream
Jet engine lullaby
Killing Balloons
La nuit je mens
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Moneyshot
Out of This
Oh Yeah
Pale blue Eyes
Precious Cargo
Sad song for the left hand alone
Sadly beautiful
Soldier song
Spite of me
Street Light
The Only Thing I Know
Wonderful Christmastime
You will rise


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Tom McRae

You cut her hair

Time
Has coloured in
The black and white
Of your sin
So burn
Burn the flag
Rip it up
Bury the rags

But I will find you still 
Move in for the kill
You cut her hair

So live
Live long
To see her face
In everyone
And turn
Turn the page
Start again
Change your name

But I will find you still 
Move in for the kill
You cut her hair
You cut her hair
You cut her hair

*** Thanx a lot to Darren for these lyrics ***

End of the world news 

You wake up to the sound of alarms
And you're driving your fabulous car 
Listening to the music that reminds you 
You used to be young, you used to be young

And now you're searching, for a sign with your name
To define you the king of the game 
What will you do when there's nothing left
For you to earn and for you to learn

So dose me up, once is not enough
I can still see the ground
And from this high rise view looking down on you
I'm not the one wasting my time

And every culture has its own magazine
And information takes the place of your dreams
Finding ways to fill up the silence
But it's all that you need, turn on your TV

So dose me up, once is not enough
I can still see the ground
And from this high rise view looking down on you
I'm not the one wasting my time

This is the end of the world news 
This is the end of the world news sponsored by god

So dose me up once is not enough 
I can still see the ground
And from this high rise view looking down on you 
I'm not the one wasting my time

So dose me up once is not enough 
I can still see the ground
And from this high rise view looking down on you 
I'm not the one wasting my time

So dose me up once is not enough 
I can still see the ground
And from this high rise view looking down on you 
I'm not the one wasting my time

*** Thanx a lot to Darren for these lyrics ***

2nd law 

Tell all my friends
I have gone to the moon
Tell all my friends
I will write them soon
And tell them
If you see them
That I am better left alone

'Cause I'm living up here where the air is thin 
And where gravity don't bring you down
Yeah I'm living up here and I'm watching your universe cooling down

I spend my days beneath a perspex dome 
I think that I have finally come home

So tell them
If you see them
That I am better left alone

'Cause I'm living up here where the air is thin 
And where gravity don't bring you down
Yeah I'm living up here and I'm watching your universe cooling down

Yeah I'm living up here where the air is thin 
And where gravity don't bring you down
I'm living up here and I'm watching your universe cooling down

*** Thanx a lot to Darren for these lyrics ***

Bloodless

This train don't stop at the stations of the cross 
No reasons left to believe
Trying to stay awake gave yourself a caffeine headache
To hide the taste of sleep

In choosing to forget you cut away the safety net that holds your heart, holds your heart
And you go in search of youth touching up your empire roots
But these days we don't know how to march
Satisfied with a knife in your spine you're bloodless

So tell me again what am I feeling you know me so well
So what am I feeling and how can you tell 
I've got a feeling you don't know

We think that we're the ones we're the bright unconquered suns
Wait a while we'll watch the light grow stale
And we smell so very clean
But we're the oil in this machine and this machine
This machine is going wrong

So choose your sides when it comes to the fight you're bloodless
So tell me again what am I feeling you know me so well
So what am I feeling and how can you tell 
I've got a feeling you don't know

You choose your side but in the fight I see your blood run white, your blood run white
And I've seen it all before and I see it again

And I see it again
So what am I feeling you know me so well
So what am I feeling and how can you tell 
I've got a feeling you don't know

So tell me again now what am I feeling you know me so well
So what am I feeling and how can you tell 
I've got a feeling

So tell me again now what am I feeling you know me so well
So what am I feeling and how can you tell 
I've got a feeling you don't know

*** Thanx a lot to Darren for these lyrics ***

Draw down the stars

Coming back to the city
That I never quite leave
Picture you by the ocean
Picture me coughing into my sleeve

Like a snake-eating snake you confuse me
Who's killer, who's captive, who's free
In a city that kills by constriction
Throw your streets around me and squeeze

And draw down the stars
Draw down the stars
What's in your heart
Your heart

This fluorescent night will divide us
And dissolve to a flickering screen
And we all know each others secrets
Things seen but not seen

And draw down the stars
Draw down the stars
What's in your heart

Draw down the stars
Draw down the stars
What's in your heart
Your heart

*** Thanx a lot to Darren & Janneke for these lyrics ***

One more mile

I feel the night is on your side
Shadows wait you when you rise
You hold the weight of every moment
Move no distance in your stride

And while you wallow in your wounds
You let the devils draw near
One more mile is all we have
You got nothing to fear

I feel the night is on your side
And I don't recognise this road
We sleep all day and walk all night
You're leading me too far from home

And he says pour another drink
And take a good look around
One more mile is all we have
Until the lost become the found

And by the firelight I see footprints
Shadows circle on the floor
And everything is so familiar
We have come this way before

Do I have the will
Do I
One More Mile
One More Mile

Do I have the will
Do I
One More Mile
One More Mile

Take a good look around
Take a good look around

The boy with the bubblegun

Welcome to the second reel, glad that you can make it
We thought your fate was sealed, it's not what we expected
But you punch above your weight and you're stronger than you look
And the ending's not the same, they changed it from the book

I'm the boy with the bubblegun
I'm taking aim
I cannot hit to hurt or cause you pain
If words could kill I'd spell out your name

It's time to kill the king, it's written in the scripture
See what tomorrow brings, got to get a bigger picture
So forgive me, forgive me for I am born to be what I must be and I must be

The boy with the bubblegun, I'm taking aim
I cannot hit to hurt or cause you pain
If words could kill I'd spell out your name
I'm the boy with the bubblegun
The boy with the bubblegun 
I'm the boy with the bubblegun with work to do
If songs could kill this one's for you 

*** Thanx a lot to Darren for these lyrics ***

Hidden camera show 

If you won't
Carry a gun
And if you won't
Learn to run

Hide from the world
It will come for you
You have no place in this time

If you won't
Carry a gun
And if you won't
Learn to run

Hide from the world
It will come for you
You have no place in this time

And it's the cars on the highway
It's the drunks singing 'my way'
We're all caught in a hidden camera show
And it's the thrill of deception
It's the chill of rejection
In the faces of the people we don't know

If you love
Bury it deep
When you talk
Know that talk is cheap
Swallow your tounge
This is not your fight
It's braver sometimes just to run

And it's the cars on the highway
It's the drunks singing 'my way'
We're all caught in a hidden camera show

And it's the cars on the highway
It's the drunks singing 'my way'
We're all caught in a hidden camera show
And it's the blink of a shutter
It's the hitman in the gutter
We're all caught in a hidden camera show
And I close my eyes
Turn my face to the sky 
I won't smile for your hidden camera show

*** Thanx a lot to Darren for these lyrics ***

A & B song

A say's he's glad to be here
B's chasing storms in the lightning state
Where everyday above ground is a good day
And life is great

A's got cocaine body
B's got a benylin brain
A knows he's gonna be somebody
B don't believe in fame

And all
Our time
Slips away

And all
Our time
Slips away

A's got a girl for each season
B's got a mail order bride
A knows he's headed for salvation
B's afraid to die
If hell is in the detail
Babe I'm a microscope
I know I'll live to see you swinging
Given enough rope

And all
Our time
Slips away

And all
Our time
Slips away

A's growing tired of conversation
He's ready for his final scene
B's whistling hotel california
And still living out the dream
Here we are together
Let's roll the dice just one more time
Odd number says we walk away now
Even says we die...don't wanna die

And all
Our time
Slips away

And all
Our time
Slips away

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

Language of fools

I cannot use this language of fools to communicate with you
The things that you say to mark the time of the day are calculated to bemuse
And hey yeah...hey hey yeah

Won't you hide me, won't you hold my life, let me have this time
And lie here while i close my eyes, hold me through this night

One good day will lead the way for another, my love
Living here things are never so clear you discover my love
And hey yeah...hey hey yeah

Won't you hide me, won't you hold my life, let me have this time
And lie here while i close my eyes, hold me through this night
Hide me, won't you hold my weight, hold me through this night

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

Untitled

Get me out, get me out, get me out of this room, let me see
Cut it out, cut it out, rip it out from this wound, let me bleed
But wait now, wait now for me...won't you...

Shut it out, shut it out, black it out with the night, to put me at ease won't you...
Talk it out, talk it out, yell out to the ghosts that stalk the street
But wait now, wait now for me...

And we'll sail on the high tide, drift on the open sea
I've been waiting for so long

Take my hand, take my hand, kiss me softly, then take your leave..won't you..
Sit down, sit down, take the weight of me, let me grieve
But wait now, wait now for me

And we'll sail on the high tide, drift on the open sea
I've been waiting for so long

But wait now, wait now for me

And we'll sail on the high tide, drift on the open sea 
I've been waiting for so long

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

Sao paulo rain

There's always a party on funeral row
Where the cross flashes red to the street
And gasoline dreams of girls in blue jeans
He's grazing the surface of sleep

The vultures on main street are eyeing you up
Calculating the wait of your bones
And midnight graffiti appears on your door
So we all can sleep safe in our homes

And the storms in the distance hold no rain
And i feel my resistance giving way
Shelter me from this sky
Dance wiht me one last time
Sao paulo rain
Sao paulo rain

Do not disturb this blood red earth
There's giants sleeping beneath
And carnival queens on their deathbed scenes
All go through the motions of grief
Take another hit
Let the bottle slip through your fingers and
Break like a promise made
The day i remember
My heart i will keep
My voice i surrender
And i will not speak to lie

We were so alive
We were so alive
Shelter me from this sky
Dance with me one last time
Sao paulo rain
Sao paulo rain

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

I ain't scared of lightning 

I aint scared of lightning
Come on and do your worst
If they gave degrees
For cheating destiny
Then man
I got a first

No I aint scared of lightning
It's the same old empty threat 
I've been standing proud
Beneath the gathering cloud
And man
I ain't dead yet
No I ain't scared of lightning
And thunder never killed 
I was born in a summer storm
I live there still
Yeah I was born in a summer storm
I live there still

*** Thanx a lot to Darren for these lyrics ***

 

Just like Blood

*** Thanx a lot to Luca for these lyrics !

A Day Like Today

Welcome back
Says the voice on the radio
But I never left
I was always right here

In your hand all the colours
You thought were kings
At the turn of a card
Can just disappear

I wish I could comfort you
If love is our defence
It's alright I can comfort you
If you let me I could love you to death

Need to see
Need to say
Need to be
Something beautiful

I can't get today
Out of my mind
Need to say need to call
To love someone beautiful
A day like today
Has stained my eyes

All I ever say
And all i ever do
Is just a message to you
And all i ever play
Are the cards you gave me
It's just my version of the truth

All I ever say
And all i ever do
Is just a message to you
And all i ever play
Are the cards you gave me
It's just my version of the truth

I wish I could comfort you
If love is our defence
It's alright I can comfort you
If you let me I could love you to death
If you let me I could love you to death

You only disappear

Close my eyes I'm moving still
Magazines and dollar bills
And you wake up to a fall of snow
Your telephone your radio

Baby I'll call up a storm
Keep you safe from harm
But you only you only disappear
You only you only disappear

I can live with my regrets
Still raise a smile, still raise my head
And a stranger God can be so cruel
And a holy fool is still a fool

But this is all I can say
I have lost my way
But you only you only disappear
You only you only disappear

With a word with a line
With a smile that says goodbye
Baby says goodbye
Baby says goodbye

It's raining now
On Royal Street
And I'd walk to you
If I could trust my feet

Ghost of a Shark

I'm gonna leave any minute
See the skyline disappear
Head out of the city
Burn my clothes bury my fears

Oh you will never know I was here

Tell me now is there difference
Between a shark and the ghost of a shark
'Cause all I have are secrets and memories of the dark
Oh rip away the skin burn my heart

I'm gonna leave any minute
Another skyline disappears
Sunlight in the mirror
Blinding me all these years
Oh am I coming back
I'll never leave
Oh am I coming back
I'll never leave

Stronger than Dirt

Somebody wake me up
The dream is growing cold
And the night is all we have
Left to hold

Somebody sail this ship
Navigate this crowd
For what I once saw as land
I see as cloud

But I am stronger than you
And I am braver than you
And I will still be here
When the dust has cleared

Sometimes nothing is
The better hand
And you throw it all for this
I understand

But I am stronger than you
And I am braver than you
And I will still be here
When the dust has cleared will you
Will you, will you, will you

And I will still be here
When the dust has cleared
And I will still be here
When the dust has cleared
Will you

You will never get close to me
You will never get close to me
This is who we are
This is who we are
You will never get close to me
Who we are...
You will never get close to me
Who we are...


Overthrown

We fall
Through water
Unsung unseen
And days
Thought endless
Lose more
Light and heat

So let the dead bury the dead
I should leave

For I am
For I am overhtrown
Confess to me now
Confess to me now

Half in sunlight
And half in shade
Words in collision
I bend to your shape
I see the skull beneath the skin
I see it all

For I am
For I am overhtrown
Confess to me now
Confess to me now

For I am
For I am overhtrown
Confess to me now
Confess to me now
Confess to me now

Walking 2 hawaii

Falling feels like flying
Until you hit the ground
And everything is beautiful
'Till you take a look around
So let it go

Turn the bow into the wave boys
I feel a storm coming in
And every bridge we build we burn
And never learn to swim
No we never learn to swim
So let it go

Lead me to the edge and watch
See how far we both can drop
Let it all just slip away
Let it fade

We'll walk to Hawaii
A final sunset on the waves
The perfect girl the perfect place
To watch the world go down in flames
Wouldn't that be a shame
So let it go

Lead me to the edge don't stop
Beauty always had a cost
And as the air slips from our lungs
We'll sing songs of love
Oh love, oh love...

Mermaid Blues

Ice has formed
And there's snow between the tracks
And I have seen the surface tear and
I can't look back

And cool low sun
Has blinded you for days
From horizon to horizon
Can I dream this all away

But over the water
Over the water
Over the sea
There's you shining bright
In a sea of fools
Oh I can sing you out of this
Can shake your mermaids blues

Come with me
For alone I fear the tide
It's calling me and dragging me
And I think it's time

But over the water
Over the water
Over the water
Over the sea

Shape your mouth
To fit these words of war
I see the arrows falling backwards
Burning for a cause

I'll swim with you
Until my lungs give out
Oh I can raise you from the deep
Or drown with you in doubt

But over the water
Over the water
Over the water with you
With you, with you ...

Karaoke Song

Pull me close look into my eyes
Smile at me when you stick in the knife
We're bleeding into a cup when we've got enough
We'll just paint the walls
And we don't care how much it hurts
You think you're cursed it's what you deserve

'Cause you're talking rock and roll
Walking karaoke soul
I can see you desperate to please
Let me treat you for your disease

Between angels and ropes babe what would you chose?
As you kick the dust from your perfect shoes
Your wolf suit is wearing thin and your real skin looks like it never bleeds
And you're playing to the crowd as the ship goes down comforting me

'Cause you're talking rock and roll
Walking karaoke soul
If you see me falling sleep
Please don't wake me from this dream

Yeah you're talking rock and roll
Walking karaoke soul
If you see me falling sleep
Please don't wake me from this dream

Yeah you're talking rock and roll
Walking karaoke soul
I can see you desperate to please
Let me treat you for your disease

Faith is gone and love is gone
Your disease
And fear is stronger now
Your disease...

Line of Fire

I confess
I confess I was wrong
Tasted blood tasted blood and was gone
Suddenly suddenly you were warned
Shooting stars in flight from the dawn

I'm the breath on your face
You think you are safe
I am watching you
I'm the voice that you hear
When no one is near
I am watching you
'Cause you're in the line
Line of fire

Southern skies
Southern skies shrink my world
This should end but I can't let you go
I'm the breath on your face
You think you are safe
I am watching you
I'm the voice that you hear
When no one is near
I am watching you
'Cause you're in the line
The line of fire
'Cause you're in the line
The line of fire

Faded away you have faded away
You watch and you stil don't know
And I've fallen alone
You can't feel it alone
You know you can't say
You can't say

I'm the breath on your face
You think you are safe
I am watching you
I'm the face that you see
You wake from your dreams
I am watching you

Faded away you have faded away
You watch and you still don't know
And I've fallen alone
You can't feel it alone
You have said you don't know
You can't know

Human Remains

The picture is burned at the edge
And you're looking away
Looking for what's next
And strange how through time we look the same
Your eyes and mine looking away
Too scared to see human remains

And soon enough soon enough
This will all be a memory
And soon enough soon enough
This will fade like the photograph
Of you and me

Our history is just in our blood
And history like love is never enough
And I recognise so much of you
In these eyes always so blue
Why always so blue

And soon enough soon enough
This will all be a memory
And soon enough soon enough
This will fade like a photograph

Those things that I've lost and things that I've sold
This case is now closed the trail has gone cold
And your sticks all are snakes i throw them aside
They twist 'til they break but they never die
This is not enough this is not enough
This is not enough this is not enough for me
This is not enough this is not enough
This is not enough for any of us to be

The picture is burned at the edge
And you're looking away looking for what's next
Tell me what's next

All maps welcome

For the restless

She comes to me in dreams
A train wreck beauty queen
But I don't remember her
On a wall of white and blue
I wrote my name and thought of you
But you would not have known
Through a window of a car
A cigarette's a fallen star
A dream within a trail of sparks
And conversation turns to sleep
And I wait for you to speak
I'm waiting still

So for the restless
Not the peaceful sleeper
This song's for you
And for the faithless
Not the true believer
This song's for you

And I keep my secrets well
Move on and never tell
Some day they'll show
And you raised me to be cruel
You raised me like a bruise
I'm bleeding still

So for the restless
Not the peaceful sleeper
This song's for you
And for the faithless
Not the true believer
This song's for you

She comes to me in dreams
A train wreck beauty queen
Now I remember her
And everything you love will break
You're running out of things to make you
Feel alive
Alive
Alive
Alive

So for the restless
Not the peaceful sleeper
This song's for you
And for the faithless
Not the true believer
This song's for you
It's for you
It's for you
It's for you
It's just for you

Hummingbird Song

Sunlight beats down hard here
Count the cracks in the ground
And we sleep through days of flood and fire
At night we fly above this town

Now we're coming down
Now we're coming down
We're coming down

At night I dream of the hummingbird
Feel the beatings of its wings
And if you only had one choice my dear
Would you fly or would you sing

Now we're coming down
Now we're coming down
We're coming down

And in a year of new beginnings dear
How do we write the end?

Here she comes
Here she comes
The hummingbird
The hummingbird
The hummingbird

The Girl Who Falls Downstairs

She says
I know your face
But something's strange
In your eyes

Your voice I know so well
Your words I don't
Recognise

And darkness creeps
Borne on cold winds
Blows my footprints away

And I see myself
Turn into something else
Turn into someone else
For a while
And I know I'm right
Running into this night
Running another dream to the ground

The girl who falls down stairs
She calls my name
Through the air

She says I loved you once
I'd love you again
If you dare

So wipe the sleep from tiger eyes
And put this moment aside

And I see myself
Turn into something else
Turn into someone else
For a while
And I know I'm right
Running into this night
Running another dream to the ground

Needles buzz like
Neon light and
I am stained by
This town

And all my faith gone
All maps welcome
The stairs have twisted around

And I see myself
Turn into something else
Turn into someone else
For a while
And I know I'm right
Running into this night
Running another dream to the ground

Pull me out
Pull me out
Pull me out

How The West Was Won

Light me a smoke
I'll tell you a story
Of how the west was won
Flew over diamonds
East river shining
A city sinking in the mud

And in a second
A life-long second
I knew what we'd become

We use up people, use up time
Use up places, we say goodbye
Searching for the crowded hour

Now there's a buzzing in the wires
Look for lightning in your eyes
And I see it there

Hey hey Rockstar
Let's play happy
This could be our final hour

I'll take your picture
But who needs pictures?
They only strip you of your power

Don't lose your nerve now
Feel the curve of the earth now
Rising up to meet your feet

We use up people, use up time
Use up places, we say goodbye
Never find the crowded hour

It's time to move the saints again
Curse the sun to kill the rain
I wish I knew just how

We should have driven
Out to the ocean
Our hands tied to the wheel

Now something's broken
Don't know what's broken
Or if I want it healed

We use up people, use up time
Use up places, we say goodbye
Where the hell's the crowded hour

Scattered thoughts and promises
Let the wind take all that's left
There's nothing for you here

So take a card and put it back
Hide the faces cut the pack
The future's not that clear

Light me a smoke
I'll tell you a stroy
Of how the west was won

You wanted glory
Well here's your glory
Just look what we've become

Packing For The Crash

I'm packing for the crash

Solid walls will crack tonight
Solid walls are gonna fall down
And this is not any golden age we've lost
Any golden age we lost
We broke it here

I'm packing for
I'm packing for the crash
I'm packing for
I'm packing for the crash

Another day and another scar will fade
But another scar will take this ones place

I'm packing for
I'm packing for the crash
I'm packing for
I'm packing for the crash

Sudden preasure
We fall through the floor
And kill this moment before it takes hold

I'm packing for
I'm packing for the crash
I'm packing for
I'm packing for the crash

It Ain't You

I'm walking on a wire
Twisting in the wind
And something here is dying
And I could use a friend

But it ain't you
It ain't you
It ain't you

Another car crash sunrise
Is burning up my street
Above the call of sirens
Someone sings to me

But it ain't you
It ain't you
It ain't you
It ain't you

Tonight I'll walk on water
Tonight I'll leap through flame
And sing it to the corner
And still the blood in your veins
'Til something flickers in me
I feel the motion of light
And slip into the distance
And someone lips in my life

But it ain't you
It ain't you
It ain't you
It ain't you

Strangest Land

Another dead dog highway
The road to paradise
Is littered with your saviours
The lines are growing faint
Another paper saint has put us all in danger

So take my hand
I'm a stranger in the strangest land
I'll return the favour
Slide into my heart
We'll hide there in the dark

I catch you in my lights
I'm reaching for a knife
For halo girls and dreamers
A statue comes to life
Another roadside shrine
For hypocrites and bleeders

So take my hand
I'm a stranger in the strangest land
I'll return the favour
Slide into my heart
We'll hide there in the dark

A bullet from a stolen gun
How much I'll miss you when you're gone
But now I think it's time you went away

So take my hand
I'm a stranger in the strangest land
I'll return the favour
Slide into my heart
We'll hide there in the dark
In the dark
In the dark

My Vampire Heart

Darling I'm lost
Adrift in the dark
I'm clutching your words
To my vampire heart once more
So let in the light
Turn me to dust
If it don't end in Bloodshed dear
It's probably not love

Here we are
In the darkest place
My reflection
Shows only your face

Something is found
Something is lost
Went looking for clues
On the streets of old New York
And I spilled someone's blood
I broke someone's heart again
Someone you know
You're looking at him my friend

And the people in our lives
We all leave behind
Leave behind

Here we are
In the darkest place
To keep from forgetting
I picture your face
And I wonder
While we count the cost
Which is sweeter
Love or it's loss

So I curse you
My vampire heart
For letting me you love you
Love you
For letting me love you
From the start

Silent Boulevard

Low light
Framed in red
Sing out
Until your last Breath
'Til the cats in this town
Scream another night down to the bone
You count under your breath
Wonder which step comes next
But you can't set a course
When you've lost yourself
Your love
And your north

No I'm not anybody's good son
Shoot the lights out all over this town
'Til we're out on the silent boulevard
With our way lit only by stars

Red hand
Voice like a knife
Warns me
No good goodbyes
And seen from the sky
The city tonight is on fire

No I'm not anybody's good son
Shoot the lights out all over this town
Come on out, come on out
To the silent boulevard
Come on out, come on out
To the silent boulevard

Come on out, come on out
To the silent boulevard
Come on out, come on out
To the silent boulevard

Still Lost

So my love I
Left this world for a while
For a while

I float through strange days
Search the one way to
Bring me back to you

So don't let me go
Don't let me go
Don't let me go
From here

'Cos I'll be still lost
I'll be still lost
I'll be still lost
I'll be still lost
When you come
When will you come
To look for me

If I was to
Call you
Would you come
And if I was to
Call you
Would you come
Oh my love
When will you come to look for me

'Cos I'll be still lost
I'll be still lost
I'll be still lost
I'll be still lost
When you come
Why don't you come
To look for me?

Border Song

She lies still
Her eyes on fire
Undressed to kill
And untethered in time
And in the arms of a stranger
You search for someone like her

And the music carries on
In a simple border song
You once knew

People like you
They come and they go
What's left to say
We already know
And we've danced these shoes to pieces
And we stood where no one has stood

And the music carries on
In a simple border song
You once knew

And I guess I've said it all
And I guess I've said it all
You can climb but you will fall
And I guess I've said it all

You will walk
You will walk
You will walk out of here

You will walk
You will walk
You will walk out of here

And I guess I've said it all
And I guess I've said it all
You can climb but you will fall
And I guess I've said it all

*** Thanx a lot to Ben who corrected some mistakes ****

King Of Cards

Set the Story Straight

Daylight splits the room
You sleep while I watch you
How the light shines on you now

Breathless, I'm playing tricks
But you rise to my fingertips
How the light shines on you now

I'll be the one
To set the story straight and
I'll be the one
To take your hand and say

Now, we'll run
What's done is done
Let time heal time
Your hand in mine

Sundance my friend
Truth is the city's dead
It's been dying since you left

Don't look for me here
These waters will never clear
Even light dies through the years

I'll be the one
To set the story straight and
I'll be the one
To take your hand and say

Now we'll run
What's done is done
We slip through the wires
Fight fire with fire

And we search for a sign
Through white noise, white lies

Daylight leaves the room
You sleep while I watch you
How the light shines on you now

Bright Lights

Baby I went back to funeral row
Kicking through the old streets
Of a place I once called home
Not long ago

Searching for an omen
Looking for a sign
Looking for the place I swore
An oath of love undying
Of love undying

But I'm tired of this dull ache
This endless and fake parade
I'm gonna torch my name and my trade

Run it to the bright lights
Run it to the bright lights
Run it to the bright lights
Run it to the bright lights

Brother don't go back to funeral row
The streets have fallen silent
And the cross no longer glows
On funeral row

And I'm tired of this dark place
Where hope dies and hope fades
I'm gonna leave these shadows behind

Head into the bright lights
Head into the bright lights
Run it to the bright lights
Run it to the bright lights

So come on Red get your guitar
Feed the flames and feed the fire
Wishing things won't make them so
And the truth is I refuse to go
'Cause the shadows where the best things hide
You can keep the brightest light
You can keep the brightest light
You can keep the blinding light

Got a Suitcase, Got Regrets

Change the locks on the door
Put out the light in the hall
I do not live here anymore

Put the world in a box.
Turn the sign to the street
Aim for where horizon and blue skies, meet

But all I know is
I'm not ready yet
For the light to dim
Got a suitcase, got regrets
But I'm hopeful yet

I've been a gifted thief
Stole everything for the cause
I never had fingers as light as yours

So wake up pretty girl
See the hope in small things
Disappointment can wear you thin

But all I know is
I'm not ready yet
For the light to dim
Got a suitcase, got regrets
But I'm hopeful yet
And I'll raise this glass of wine
And I'll say your name

So let's be killers, babe
Make the great escape
From all the bitter words
Of every crowded street and empty heart
It's Christmas day, Brooklyn in the rain
But I am safe inside a better world of hope and memory
Drunk on velvet wine, the Southern Cross for light
Deal your cards and hope that I can play a better hand this time

Keep Your Picture Clear

Here I go, back again
Sliding off the ceiling
Was I gone for long
Did I just flick the switch

Across the street away from me
A man is singing ‘Sympathy for the Devil'
And he's getting all the words wrong
His newspaper flies desperately
But words aren't wings like gravity
They'll keep you here
It's a theory to subscribe to
But you know you're being lied to

So keep your picture clear
Keep your picture clear

Stay awake, the lines are drawn
You're never right until you're wrong
In the eyes of the world
And a picture tells a thousand lies
Little dots in black and white
You've no idea
The strongest will survive
But it's the scum that always rises

So keep your picture clear
Keep your picture clear
Keep your picture clear

And you talk just like a diplomat
But hide the gun behind your back
And leaders need a bloody war
Congratulations, this is yours
Looking through the history books
Of liars, cheats, and petty crooks

They'll print your picture clear
Print your picture clear
Keep your picture clear

So close another file
Of revolution turned to style
We're so tired of walking blind
Growing fat in hungry times

Keep your picture clear
Keep your picture clear
Keep your picture clear
Keep your picture clear...

Houdini and the Girl

Look here comes Houdini
Handcuffed, blind and bound
Here comes a girl now
Slips a key into his mouth

He says I've been under the water
I've been under the ground
And honey one thing's certain
There's no escaping now

‘Cause it's a long way down
Yeah it's a long way down
From here, from here

Look here comes Houdini
Triumphant after all
But where's the girl now
Did she not survive the fall

She says I've been under the water
I've been under the ground
And honey one thing's certain
I'll never take that bow

‘Cause it's a long way down
Yeah it's a long way down
From here, from here

Yeah it's a long way down
It's a long way down
From here, from here

Sound of the City

So baby there you stand
The bottle in your hand
Shouting to the night
While the city sleeps

Caught in the light of a car
While a subway station sparks
I see your face again
Guess it's time to leave

And I watched you fall from a great height
You watched me fail night after night

And still the sound
Still the sound of the city tonight
Who keeps my dreams and my demons alive
Baby I, I'm still alive

I hear the city breathe
I dream the city's dreams
And she's in still my arms
For another year

So bring the broken hearts
Call in the King of Cards
I'll make them disappear
With a sleight of hand

And I watch you fall from a great height
And you watched me fail night after night

And still the sound
Still the sound of the city tonight
Keeps my dreams and my demons alive
Baby I, I'm still alive

Still you don't come
You won't come
Your fever has broken
And daylight is blinding your eyes
And still you don't come
You won't come
The city she's not done
She's calling, she's calling your name
Your name

The sound of the city
The sound of the city tonight

On and On

So Lord, I'll wait for your reply
But I won't hold my breath tonight
You're so much empty sky

And it's too late
The damage has been done
You gave a child a gun
Then turned around and run

And it goes on and on and on
It goes on and on and on
You know that it goes on
We were here long before
And we'll be here when you're gone
It goes on and on and on
You know that it goes on

Believe it if you dare
Still he'll vanish in thin air
As useless as a prayer

And it's too late
The river has been crossed
The war's been fought and lost
Your words have turned to dust

And it goes on and on and on
It goes on and on and on
You know that it goes on
We were here long before
And we'll be here when you're gone
It goes on and on and on
You know that it goes on

And you know you had your chance
And still you won't show your hand
It's not a thing that I'd call love

It goes on and on and on
You know that it goes on
It goes on and on and on
You know that it goes on and on

Deliver Me

So Mr. Heartbreak you're back
Is the dream showing cracks
Come back older, come back changed
But still chasing the rain

With a lightning tattoo
Proof I once was struck dumb by you
Like hot rain on hot earth
Are you a gift or a curse
From this place, darling, please deliver me

In a small motel room
History and hearts break in two
Cut your losses, cut your ties
And I'll drink the shine from my life

But I've given up sleep
And chasing you in my dreams
And outside the cars
Throw light on the walls and scars
From this place, darling, please deliver me

And if you believe
That what's done is done
How history repeats, from father to son
And on, and on

Hey Mr. Heartbreak you're back
Pour a drink for the man
Come back older, come back changed
But still chasing the rain
Still chasing the rain
Here comes the rain

One Mississippi

Got no gloves, and I don't wear a hat
And these streets are cold and I
Forgot the reasons I came

Walk a mile and I cross the bridge
To where heat of industry
Meets cold river air
And I wonder if I will
Survive the wave
That'll drown this place

It's a clockwork planet
And I've broken every key
Trying to keep the time from twisting
Out of reach

And it's one Mississippi
It is two times grip is slipping
It is three Mississippi
Time stands still

Got no home, and I made no plans
And this city holds me in the palm of its hand
And it sings ‘This is where you will catch your breath'

Well I'm thinking of you
And I can hear your words
When you said, ‘flying away is for the birds
And by the way, genius,
You ain't walking south.'

It's a clockwork planet
And I've broken every key
Trying to keep the time from twisting
Out of reach

And it's one Mississippi
It is two times grip is slipping
It is three Mississippi
Time stands still

It is four Mississippi
Can we stop the clocks from ticking
It is five Mississippi
Time stands still

Can we spin the world on its axis
Can we make the clocks run backwards
Can I only change your history for a day

And can I fix you in this moment
See us both move in slow motion
Is that sunrise or sunset
Well who can say

Yeah it's one Mississippi
It is two times grip is slipping
It is three Mississippi
Time stands still

Yeah it's one Mississippi
It is two times grip is slipping
It is three Mississippi
Time stands still

Yeah it's one Mississippi
It is two times grip is slipping
It is three Mississippi
Time stands still

The Ballad of Amelia Earhart

Here there Amelia Earhart
Queen of all the skies
When you gonna fly that plane of yours
Back through time

With the timing of a comet
You'll be back around
We'll make bright light of it
Like you never left the ground

And I'll be waiting
With my eyes on the clouds
And I'll be waiting
For you to come down

I gave you a silver angel
From this place in Amsterdam
And the days they fly so quickly
I can't hold them in my head

And Ill be waiting
With my eyes on the clouds
And I'll be waiting
For you to come down
For you to come down

(I'll be waiting with my eyes on the clouds)
For you to come down
(And I'll be waiting for you to come down)

Amelia, now I'm still waiting
With my eyes on the clouds
And I'm still waiting
For you to come down
Why don't you come down

Lord, How Long

Silent, broken
Bruised and cloaked
In this desert night
I wait for you

My eyes wide open
I face this moment
And picture you
By my side

Funny how the things of this world
Quickly fall away
And everything is equal to me
In this final place

So how long, Lord, how long
And how long, Lord, how long

Stars above me
The earth beneath me
And this sinner's place in between

My god
My country
My blood
My enemy
My reason
Desert me now

Funny how the things of this world
Quickly fall away
And everything is equal to me
In this final place

So how long, Lord, how long
And how long, Lord, how long
And how long, Lord, how long
And how long Lord, how long

 

The Alphabet of Hurricanes

Still Love You

When I walk through the bone yard with you
I think I'm walking hand in hand with my own ghost.
I've been many things, played a fool to catch a king
And I've even been the man behind the walls who hears your screams

But I, I still love you
Yeah I still love you

Like a wolf on a black new moon
A shadow boxer at high noon
I'm acting lost and so confused that much is clear
Are you the one I've come to save
Are you the water or the wave
Am I drinking you down deep or drowning here

But I, I still love you
Yeah I, I still love you

Won't Lie

I've calculated the distance
From my steady hand to your heart
And I honed the blade on my anger
Now I stand behind you in the dark

You're breathing in
And breathing out
For one last time

‘Cause I won't lie
No I won't lie
For you anymore

So turn around friend and face me
Don't tell me now you're surprised
Your lovers all will desert you
Let me ease that pain with this knife

You're breathing in
And breathing out
For one last time

‘Cause I won't lie
No I won't lie for you
And I know I'm born with a prophet's curse
Never see the good, only see the worst
But in time the snake will split his skin
To reveal another snake within

You're breathing in
And breathing out
For the final last time

And I know I'm born with a prophet's curse
Never see the good, only see the worst
But in time the snake will split his skin to reveal another snake within

Summer of John Wayne

A summer of John Wayne
Getting older
Reel after reel
And playing old soldiers
With old wounds
You know how that feels

And a summer of searching
The underworld
An arrow in my heel
And the winding down of days
And the speeding of time won't change

But I know you say nothing good lasts forever
Some things burn bright
But burn themselves out to embers

And these weather conversations
And small talk
Steal my hours away
And I gave away my best to strangers
Day after day
And the winding down of days
And the speeding of time won't change

But I know you say
Nothing good lasts forever
Some things burn bright
But burn themselves out to embers

Your love is a cold, cold place my dear
The seasons change those ghosts appear
And every sound is an echo of yesterday.
And suddenly I fall through the cracks in time
And I'm standing here with your hand in mine
And I turn around to see you there's no one there

But I know you say
Nothing good lasts forever
You will forget
But I will always remember, the time

Told My Troubles To The River

I feed on fire and confusion
Of this crime I'll rid my soul
Gonna slide on down to the river
Gonna tell her all

So I told my troubles to the river
And I tossed them in the deep
And I washed my hands in the river
But the river brings more trouble to me

I told my troubles to the river
She shared them with the seas
She returned them to me doubled
The river holds no offer of peace
I can wash this blood from my fingers
I can wash this stain from my soul
But I can't wash out your memories
The river returns them all.

I told my troubles to the river
She shared them with the deep
Yeah I told my troubles to the river
But the river brings them back to me
Yeah the river brings them back to me

American Spirit

Stood here
At the edge of the world, dear
Three wishes for you
As the tide turns

Salt water
Meets with the skies, dear
Meets with your eyes my dear
As the day dies

I've seen this trick before
Watch the waves write your name
On the shore

And hold your breath
There's stills time left
Come on hold your breath
Swim with me further from the shore
Swim with me ‘til I can swim no more

She strikes up American Spirit
And a conversation about nothing
Says I've burned all colour and flame from
This hard ambition that once held me
But I feel love's season shift
This heat has lost it's grip on us

And hold your breath
There's stills time left
Come on hold your breath
Swim with me further from the shore
Swim with me ‘til I can swim no more

And I know what you won't say
For all this stolen time
Someone pays

Hold your breath
There's stills time left
Come on hold your breath
Swim with me further from the shore
Swim with me ‘til I can swim no more

Please

Fireworks through the trees
City turns away from me
My hand raised to say
Goodbye, goodbye my love

Wheels roll to the light
Sleep kills fevered night
And it's easier now
It's easier now you're gone

Shadow rise, shadow fall
Deaf to siren call a year has died
A year since I said your name

Burning in the blue
Light comes low and cool
And like your love
There's no heat in this winter sun.

So please let my heart go
Please let my heart go

Walk the world side to side
Place where hidden memories lie
And I buried you there along with your history
Give me sun you give me shade
And seven years of hurricanes
But now my love I'm sundialling my days away

So please let my heart go
‘Cause I don't care no more
So please let my heart go
‘Cause I don't care no more

Out Of The Walls

Wake up, love
Think I've lost control
The shadows are on the march
I can't fight them all
‘Cause they come out of the walls
They come out of the walls

And take me down, love
Down, love
Down to the ground
Down to the ground

Wake up, love
Bring the candles raise up the torch
Pour water in the ink of night
Wash this darkness from my thoughts
‘Cause it comes out of the walls
It comes out of the walls

And takes me down, love
Down, love
Down to the ground
Down to the ground

Wake up love
Think I've lost control
The shadows are on the march
And I can't fight them all

Me & Stetson

Me and Stetson took a trip
To shed the traces dodge the whip
Been wearing out our shoes and our welcome

Extraordinary medicine
Convinces me my time is done
What you perceive as sunrise I call rapture

Blood, blood to the bruise
Like wisdom to the long-lived fool
Finally the shame brings understanding

Come on with the night
With the night shine on
Come on with the night
With the night I'm gone yeah

Me and Stetson took a trip
To shed the traces and forget
In search of all time love and brand new reason

Don't call it doubt or call it faith
Still breathing on this tired plain
Hope is all our curse and cruel companion

Come on with the light
With the light shine on
Come on with the night
With the night I'm gone yeah

Blood, blood to the bruise
Like wisdom to the long-lived fool
Finally the shame brings understanding

Blood, blood to the bruise
Like wisdom to the long-lived fool
Like red blood to the bruise
Like wisdom to the long-lived fool
Like red blood to the bruise…
Finally the shame brings understanding

Can't Find You

The city misses you
But I'm just fine
And I'm not writing this for you
I'm just killing time

And I'm by the water now
Where we used to meet
And last night while I slept
They rearranged the streets

And I can't find you
And I can't find me
And I don't know where
I'm supposed to be

And I thought the sky was falling down
Seems I can take that weight
And not look for hidden meanings, dear
Sometimes rain is just rain

But I'll keep playing Atlas baby
Though my shoulders ache
And I'll spin this old world around
Trying to see your face

But still I can't find you
And I can't find me
And I don't know where
I'm supposed to be

No I can't find you
I can't find you
I can't find you
I can't find you
I can't find you

Best Winter

It's the best winter I remember
It's the best winter I remember

Chasing through the cold December nights
One foot on the sidewalk, one foot in the sky
Slide in through the doors of a darkened church
Cold heart beating like a hummingbird

It's the best winter I remember
It's the best winter I remember

Singing with no shame in this broken choir
Songs to save you from the fire
Home before the liquor and echoes fade
Sleeping in the shadow of the Empire State

It's the best winter I remember
It's the best winter I remember

It's the best winter I remember
It's the best winter I remember

Fifteen Miles Downriver

The snakeskin bracelet on your wrist always came undone
And it's strange the little things the mind remembers
When the big things in love have gone

And all motion it seems is a relative thing
But I can't tell who's further from whom
Sometimes I think I'm flying into the distance
Sometimes I think it's you

And fifteen miles downriver
Fifteen miles downriver I'll find the truth

Outside the waitress smokes a cigarette
For a minute she feels free
But the river pays no mind, indifferent to time
Puts distance ‘tween me and you

And I've swum against tide
And been breathless all my life
Now I'm drifting free
And it's time I realised a man can't fight the tide
And the moon has more influence than me

And fifteen miles downriver
Fifteen miles downriver's where I wanna be

The final conversation is ringing in my ears
Like the dying chords of a song
And in a pillar of fire thought I saw your face
It's just a lightning storm

And the lights of these towns fade up and fade down
And they all look the same from here
So I'm digging my nails into the palm of my hand
Not gonna show you my tears
‘Cause fifteen miles downriver
Fifteen miles downriver that rain'll clear

The walls of the harbour have fallen behind,
That river proved to short,
And fifteen miles was never that far
Now a thousand don't seem much

So I threw away the map and now I'm sailing by the stars
But the stars can be liars too
So I raise my flag and sit back down
Let the wind blow where it will

'Cause a thousand miles of ocean's calling me
Yeah a thousand miles of ocean's where I'll find peace

I've crossed a thousand miles of ocean
Is that a river I see

 

From The Lowlands

Lately's All I Know

Sky is black with rain
Weekend away
I'm standing at your door

I call your name
And call, and call again
You left some time before

I've been thrown, lately
And I don't know
Why I feel so old, lately
Lately's all I know
Lately's all I know

And I drove for miles
My eyes on fire
Not knowing how to say

Caught in my hand
Details left on sand
I'm finding you that way
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
I've been thrown, lately
And I don't know
Why we feel so old, lately
Lately's all I know
Lately's all I know

The sky white, was snowing
Daytrip, then home
Borrowed suit, borrowed shoes

Life goes on, it's true
Lately, I miss you
Lately's all I know
Lately's all I know

Nothing On The Dry Land

Lost my kids, I lost my wife
Now I'm leaving on a tide
Nothing on the dry land was ever worth the price

But my love, my love, my love
My love, my love, my love

From the ruins of my home
Built a ship from skin and bone
Nothing in the old world will ever keep me warm
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Like my love, my love, my love
My love, my love, my love

In the storm I lost a must
My little ship became a rust
Carried on the high wind I heard a voice

Of my love, my love, my love
My love, my love, my love

Hold on to me, hold on to me
Hold on to me, hold on to me

My love, my love, my love

My body washed up on the sand
Covered by a stranger's hand
And cold, and broke, and opened
I was free to fly

To my love, my love, my love
My love, my love, my love
My love, my love, my love
My love, my love, my love
My love, my love, my love

Sloop John B

We come on a sloop John B, my grandfather and me
Around us a whole town we did wrong, drinking all night
Got into a fight, oh, yeah
I feel so broken, I wanna go home

So waste up the John B sale
See, had the main sail set
Call for the captain ashore and let me go home
I wanna go home
Why won't you let me go home
I feel so broken, I wanna go home

The first mate, he got drunk
Broken the captain's trunk
The constable had to come and take him away
To the shore of John Stone
Why don't you leave me alone, oh yeah
I feel so broken, I wanna go home

So waste up the John B sale
See, had the main sail set
Call for the captain ashore and let me go home
I wanna go home
Why don't you leave me alone, oh yeah
I feel so broken, I wanna go home
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
The poor cook, he caught the feet
Thruway all my grass
And then he took and he ate up all of my corn
Let me go home
Why don't you leave me alone, oh yeah
This is the worst trip I've ever been on

So waste up the John B sale
See, had the main sail set
Call for the captain ashore and let me go home
I wanna go home
Why don't you leave me alone, oh yeah
I feel so broken, I wanna go home

Belly Of A Whale

And you let go, slept in the belly of a whale
And it keeps her safe
She dreams of falling through the waves in an ocean glue
And you would go, she kept a poem in her shoe
And it keeps her safe
Words of beauty, words of grace, she almost glance
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
And when I'm falling into sleep
My mind would draw me into memory
I think I've been too long away
My burning cold fade into gray
I miss your flame

And you were a boy, sees the world a different way
And it keeps him safe
Keeps the smile upon his face in a private joke

When I'm falling into sleep
My whiskey dreams play tricks on me
And I think I'm someone else
Someone who's plans all worked out this time

Come on, cover me, sweet sleep
Come on, love me in my dream
Come on, cover me, sweet sleep
Think I've been too long away
The day is night and the night won't take me in its arms

Fuck You, Prometheus

Don't play me, I had four full of lawyer hours
Sleeping tight, not stealing fire
Oh, Prometheus, when will I ever learn

I've played my part, worked hard all my life
You stole from me the comfort of the night
And now the shadows grow, thrown by your fire light

Oh, Prometheus, my friend
When will I ever learn
Oh, Prometheus, my friend
I play with you and I get burned

Forgive now, brothers in arms, this
Mind in sight, this lost its charms
And I've climbed so high, now I'm losing heart

I'll sing my songs and I'll, I'll play the game
That I could not get close to your burning flame
Oh, Prometheus, just leave me here alone in the dark
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Oh, Prometheus, my friend
Remember the old days
Oh, Prometheus, my friend
Now you're addicted to the flame

So I'll walk out in the light of dawn and I'll
Never speak of all the things I've done
I will not look back or ever feel ashamed

With head held high I will start again
You can be the fire and I'll be the rain
Oh, Prometheus, you and I were never really friends

So, Prometheus, goodbye
The gods will never know my name
So, Prometheus, goodbye
I'll never set the world to flame
I'll never set the world to flame
I'll never set the world to flame

From The Lowlands

I slept beneath the ash trees
Had visions in my dreams
And I tried on a wolf suit
And you tried on blue jeans

And I sang you the melody
Of starlings on the wires
Find meaning in their silhouettes
On a manuscripted sky

And in my dream you wore a bottle
On a chain around your neck
With a message I had written
Don't you forget
We come from the lowland, we come from the lowland
We come from the lowland and dream of high ground
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
You spoke of the storm clouds
And the tideness in your chest
But I sang you from the dark skies
Filled the sales with my own breath

And in a flash of inspiration
You said of every living thing
With the first in all creation
To live on the ground and sing

We come from the lowland, we come from the lowland
We come from the lowland, we come from the lowland
We come from the lowland, we come from the lowland
We come from the lowland, we come from the lowland
We come from the lowland and dream of high ground

Ship Of Blue And Green

Slow comes the waking from black and fever dreams
We were drifting on the high seas on a ship of blue and green
Sounds from the street rip me from my sleep
I'm slow walking out, empty city streets
Shake myself awake, and thinking still of you
In a ship of green and blue
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Oh, through a slow day my mind falls with me
And colors in my memory are brighter than those I see
But our heart still beats here, it's just a splendid souvenir
I'm slow walking out, famous city streets
Streets you'll never know, I'll describe them all for you
On a ship of green and blue

Cold was the morning, the sky of bloody blues
We were talking about the old times and singing songs for you
You were dressed up for the ride, silver dollars on your eyes
I'm slow walking out, darkened city streets
Feeling nothing now, just following my fear
‘till land gives way to sea
I'll tell you everything, brother, when we meet
When we're drifting on a sea on a ship of blue and green

All That's Gone

I thought I'd write you a letter
About all the things that have changed
Since the days when we were king and queen
Of all that we surveyed

We knew all the coolest places
Wore the future in our skin
And we stood outside on winning nights
And smoked ourselves thin
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
We were clever and cynical
And fashionably bored
We were walking talking
Time out, New York

Honey all that's gone
Baby, all that's gone

I used to have opinions
And I wore them like my clothes
But what seemed like a position
Turned out to be a pose

We said we were both gonna be big
Rock and roll stars
My soul never found a buyer
Unlike all my guitars

And I've lost touch with many things
Wrote myself out of the scene
And time has worn a hole in me
The place I keep my dreams

Honey, all that's gone
Baby, all that's gone
Honey, all that's gone
Baby, all that's gone

And I don't have a story now
At least not one you'd care to write
These memories I keep for me
Bits and pieces of a life

And I apologise for not dying young
Or opening up a vein
And for keeping close the ones I love
And never naming names

To my friends I still sound hopeful
That's just whistling in the dark
'Cause I'm down here in the dirt
With the fossil of my heart

But honey, all that's gone
Baby, all that's gone
Honey, all that's gone
Baby, all that's gone

So I hope this letter finds you
Just as well as when we met
Ambitions may have faded, babe
Your beauty never did

At night when I have drunk enough
And I'm full of hope and wine
And I recall a melody
Your voice and mine

We can still be king and queen
If only for tonight
'Cause somewhere in our history
The future's shining bright

Honey, all that's gone
Baby, all that's gone
Honey, all that's gone
Baby, all that's gone

Alphabet of hurricanes

Caught in a whirlwind of
Broken sticks and bones
An alphabet of hurricanes
Can't blow this drifter home

And the train kicks up snow across
This cold New Mexico
And as I cross the Rio Grande
I finally let you go

To fall into the icy stream
Of different lives and different dreams

And we go lightly on our way
Yes you go lightly on the same
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Woke up in Kansas from a
Dream of burning ships
And I still taste the ocean, girl
And you on my lips

But I can't seem to change the way
This story wants to play
Life is in the living
Not the telling anyway

Press myself into the glass
Silver moon lights up my path

As I go lightly on my way
And you will go lightly on the same
Yes we go lightly on our way

Shaken by a broken rail in
Princeton, Illinois
With time to kill I drank my fill
And gave the jukebox all my coins

This one's for the friends I've lost
The one I've left behind
No, this one's not for you, I take it back
I've changed my mind

The music drifts into the night
Calls to me and says it's time

To go lightly on my way
And I will lightly on the same
Yes you go lightly on your way

Sunset on the Hudson turns this city into gold
This stolen El Dorado it ain't mine, it sure ain't yours
I've been here for every season
Somehow you forget
You claim this city for yourself
Well take it, it's my gift
There's nothing left to divide
You take the days, I'll take the nights

And I'll go lightly on my way
And you will go lightly on the same
Yes we go lightly on our way

Caught in a whirlwind of
Broken sticks and bones
An alphabet of hurricanes

Can't blow this drifter home
Can't blow this drifter home
Can't blow this drifter home
Can't blow this drifter home

Did I Sleep and Miss the Border

The High Life

It seemed like such a good idea
Stake your claim boys and you can make it here

But now we're down in the mud
The quick and not quick enough
Are both bleeding
And yeah tomorrow's long gone
Sold for a song that I'm stealing
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
We can light a fire now
With all that's left to burn
And warm our hands on failed plans
And new leaves left unturned

In the high life, the high life
The high life, the high life

Look around now tell me all's not lost
Take the coin boys from where your heart once was
Now heaven is lying empty
And all the devil's here

We can drink our bellies full
But never quench the first
And we can burn the spinning wheels
But when you're cursed, you're cursed

With a taste for the high life
The high life
The high life, the high life

Shut up all my life
I've been hearing the voices
Of the silver spoon
Of the perfect smile
Of your gilded lives

I know now in your veins
There will only be blue blood
Come on, cut me now you will find
That I bleed the blackest bile

I know now none of your kind
Is ever on my side
So the rich stay the rich
And the rest forever be denied
The high life

The dogs never sleep

Call off the dogs
My race is run
Bind my hands
Gag my mouth
I'm done

Ask anything
I'll sign my name
I've outlived
My desire, my teeth
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And I give up, I give up, I give in
I give up, I give up, I give in

So rise the sun
So set the same
Chalk the walls
Mark the time
Lose the days

And I give up, I give up, I give in
I give up, I give up, I give in

And the dogs never sleep
Yeah the dogs never sleep

And I am so tired, and I am so tired
And I am lost now, I am lost now
I am lost now
(Don't give up, don't give up, don't give in)
I am lost now, I am lost now, I am lost now
(Don't give up, don't give up, don't give in)
(Don't give up, don't give up
This time
(Don't give in)

Christmas Eve, 1943

Black crow at my window pane
Hammers out his refrain
An omen of dark skies
Coming of hard times
Coming of rain

And I light a fire each night
Your letters, they burn so bright
In copper and blue flame
Illuminate your name
In their dying light

So Lord if you're listening
On this Christmas Eve
Would you carry a spark Lord
To my baby for me
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
A dress made from my parachute
We married for love so true
And you were my darling
And I was free falling
Down into you

But time wears a hole Lord
In young lovers hearts
And through it I fell Lord
Fell long and fell hard

Lord if you're listening
On this Christmas Eve
Would you tell her you forgive me
Tell her I'm on my knees

The moon had a ragged edge
I pulled her close to my chest
And from her cold lips
I stole one last kiss
I squeezed one last breath

So Lord if you're listening
On this Christmas Eve
Would you tell my sweet baby
I'm on my way

And if you send me to hell Lord
Tell her all that I've said
One last shot of whisky
One last shot of lead

And if you send me to hell Lord
Tell her all that I've said
One last shot of whisky
One last shot of lead

And if you send me to hell Lord
Tell her all that I've said
One last shot of whisky
One last shot of lead

And if you send me to hell Lord
Tell her all that I've said
One last shot of whisky
One last shot of lead

Expecting the rain

Dear Mary
I still picture you there
High summer
Swifts in the air

Now the wind's from the east
There's no sleep, no peace
In the usual hope of a feast
Sits a wolf at our door

Dear Mary
Tell me where they start
Which is quicker to the head or the heart

Now they're calling time
Drain the bottle dry
And try to forget for tonight
Love of mine

Everything is harder now
Every sky grows darker now
All of me is aching
All of me is shamed

Everything is harder now
Every sky grows darker now
All of me is hoping for the sun
Expecting the rain

Dear Mary
We were fools to begin
Should have known dear
We never could win

Help me to my feet
I hear singing on the street
And if I can stand I'll dance
Love of mine

Everything is harder now
Every sky grows darker now
All of me is aching
All of me is changed
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Everything is harder now
Every sky grows darker now
All of me is hoping for sun
Expecting the rain

And I see shadows thrown by lightning
And they flicker and they're gone
I see shadows thrown by lightning
And the shape of the beast
In the coming storm

Dear Mary
They'll come for us soon
Take my hand dear
Spin me round this bare room

The music won't stop
We'll sing it till we drop
It's just a short drop

I'm expecting the rain
I know nothing will change
Mother here comes the rain
I know nothing will change
Mother here comes the rain

I'm expecting the rain
No one's gonna be saved
Brother here comes the rain
Mary here comes the rain

Let Me Grow Old With You

I've exchanged every cell in my body
Turned into someone new
But I still see through the same eyes
And when I close them I see you

And there's nothing that don't ache in the morning
Except for the parts that are numb
You're an injury I'm gonna carry dear
For the long run

So let me grow old with you
Let me grow old with you
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Did I sleep and miss the border
Slipping into grey
I've been angry and sad and fearful
And I'm tired of living that way

And I've made bad decisions sober
And worse ones when I'm drunk
The thing about decisions dear is
One good ones enough

So let me grow old with you
Let me grow old with you
Let me grow old with you

From now on we draw lots dear
What the lines in our hands will decide
You hold out for a sunset
And I'll dodge the lightning strikes
Dodge the lightning strikes

We are the mark

He saw me coming down
A dark and empty street
So full of hope and so naïve
So easy to deceive

From behind his back
Should have known that
The deck was stacked
If there's a joker here
He's laughing all the way to the bank

We are the mark
We are the mark
We are the mark

We are the mark
We are the mark
We are the mark
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
He speaks the language of relief
Shares our hopes, our fears, our grief
The salesman's smile, hides a common thief
Don't turn your back

Get yourself a second job
Say the have to the have nots
A rising tide only floats the yachts
Is what I've learned

We are the mark
We are the mark
We are the mark

We are the mark
We are the mark
We are the mark

And you can sell the
Ground from beneath my feet
Sell off all the air that is fit to breathe
Take what's mine and call it yours, offshore

But there's a reckoning to come
Blue blood bleeds just like anyone
From the barrel of a gun
Change will come, change will come

We are the mark
We are the mark
We are the mark

We are the mark
We are the mark
We are the mark

We're coming for you
We're coming for you
We're coming for you
We're coming for you

We're coming for you
We're coming for you
We're coming for you

My desert bride

We drove until the road ran dry
And twisted into dirt and sky
And fell into the shadow of this place

And I took your hand as you took mine
And swore upon the desert sky
On every star we were bound for life
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And we sang oh, oh
And you said my heart aches
With every word
Yes and my hand shakes
And I cant hold my nerve

Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord

And here's to you, your majesty
Your glory carved in ivory
A relic of charm, still bloodstained

Now we're the ghosts of Cerro Gordo
Darwin, Bodie, Colorado
River rising in high plains

And we sang oh, oh
And you said my heart aches
With every word
Yes and my hand shakes
And I cant hold my nerve

And suddenly it's easy
To say goodbye
And suddenly it's easy
My desert bride

Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord

And here no flowers mark your grave
Save cactus rose and purple sage
More spine than colour and sharp as knives

So sleep my love till trumpets sound
To call you from this dry ground
And raise you to me in my arms once more

And we sang oh, oh...

And you said my heart aches
With every word
Yes and my hand shakes
And I can't hold my nerve

And it's not so easy
To watch you die
And it's not so easy
My desert bride

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye*

Lover still you

I've watched stars die
And I've watched them fall from burning skies
And I've learned the names of God

And I've held a grain of sand
A universe in my hand
And I've made all of time stand still

And I've learned the works of men
Seen dreams born die and born again
And no nothing moves me now

But lover still you
Lover still you

And I've seen love scorned
And I know faith has no reward
And luck it seems is everything
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And I've felt desire burning bright
And time turning into ice
And I'm done with all of this

But lover still you
Lover still you

There's always you
Always you

I've watch stars die
And I've watched them fall from burning skies
And I've learned the names of God

Hoping Against Hope

In the photograph I still see the spark
Long gone now, an echo of fire
Its time to face the fact, there's no second act
We're down with the dead now, forgotten and cold

But while I'm still captain of this sinking ship
We're gonna go down boys with a song on our lips

Yeah, we're hoping against hope
Yeah, we're hoping against hope
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Look me in the eye, tell me there's still time
I just wanna hear that pretty white lie
Come on Lazarus child, raise yourself a smile
You got what we all want, a comeback with style

So join me on deck boys, it's a beautiful storm
We'll dance in the lightning, till all hope is gone

Yeah, we're hoping against hope
Yeah, we're hoping against hope

It's gonna be okay
It's gonna be okay
It's gonna be okay
It's gonna be okay

It's gonna be okay
It's gonna be okay
It's gonna be okay
It's gonna be okay

Come on my lover, my sisters, my brothers
Stand here beside me, sing out the lie in me
Come on my lover, my sisters, my brothers
Stand here beside me, sing out the lie with me

It's gonna be okay
It's gonna be okay
It's gonna be okay 

Such a pretty white lie
A beautiful lie

Non Albums Tracks

Black Heart Rodeo

( Karaoke Soul EP CD2 )

She said "feed me feathers"
'Cause I long to smile
I have fallen far from grace
And grace was built by lies

And through this confusion
You fall on your sword
Call a name as you hope to be saved but
This is not your God

It's time to let go
Give up the black heart rodeo and
Turn in your star
You're not who you think you are

She said "feed me flowers"
So I glow in the sun
Everyday I learn what to say and
What not to have done

And I taste of ashes
Of a fire long since gone
But I want to be around to see
Who lost and then who won

It's time to let go
Give up the black heart rodeo and
Turn in your star
You're not who you think you are
You're not who you think you are

Let go
Let go
Let go

Election Day

She will be all over you
Like dust, like rain
Smoke and mirrors are miracles
She'll steal your flame
Your flame

Roll the bones for the candidate
So what's your big idea
Thought I was running out of hate
But no, not this year

And how will you feel
When the searchlight reveals
You to be just another fake
And the words that you sing
Well they don't mean a thing
They're just noises on your tongue
Your tongue

Now, every day's election day
No one's on the streets
We've all sang our lost (love?) songs
Of liberation and defeat

And how will you feel
When the searchlight reveals
You to be just another fake
And the words that you sing
Well they don't mean a thing
They're just noises on your tongue
And all the money you make
Robbing some suckers grave
It's you that you defy
You defy

Every generation
Fails the next in line
And I'm always a step ahead
I'm busy failing mine

And I know how it feels
When the searchlight reveals
You to be just another fake
And the words that you sing
Well they don't mean a thing
They're just noises on your tongue

And all the money you make
Robbing some suckers grave
It's you that you defy

Yeah, how does it feel
When the searchlight reveals
You to be just another fake
And the words that you're saying
Well they don't mean a thing
They're just noises on your tongue
Your tongue

Give in

Solace
Shut your mouth
And hold your tongue or cut it out
I don't feel well
I don't feel well

So I
Taste of dirt
I could conjure dust
From this good earth

I don't feel well
I don't feel well
I didn't feel you slipping in
Feel you slip beneath the skin

When the moment comes
Give in x4

When the moment comes, give in

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

Hear me now

How I wish
You could hear me now
I drew my blue world
Turn it upside down
Now I'm a long way down
A long way from your arms

How I wish
None of this was true
You can blame the cards
Rip the deck in two
Now I'm a long way back
A long way from the start

She said
I'm coming down fast
I'm coming down hard
I'm shattering like a glass
I am coming apart
I'm losing heart
I fall into your arms
To your arms

Baby I
Went back the funeral row
Gave the dogs on the street
My heart and bone
Now it's a long way back
A long way to the start

She said
I'm coming down fast
I'm coming down hard
I'm shattering like a glass
I am coming apart
I'm losing heart
I fall into your arms
If I can't come for you, run for you
I'd save you from the dark, from the dark
And if I can't feel my way
If I can't feel my way
If I can't feel my way
Through the dark

She said
I'm coming down fast
I'm coming down hard
I'm shattering like a glass
I am coming apart
I'm losing heart
I fall into the dark
If I can't come for you, run for you
I'd save you from the dark, from the dark
If I can't come for you, run for you
I fall into your arms, to your arms

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

I Don't Dream

( MP3 song from his website for fans )

Take off your dress
I'm watching you
Throw off your fear
Slip off your shoes

So I can dream of you
So I can dream of you
As I lay with you
And feel you shake
I know love can die
And memories fade

So let me dream of you
So let me dream of you
Let me live with this memory
So I can dream
So I can dream

I don't think of you
I don't dream
I don't see those airport eyes
Vanilla and green

And I don't dream of you
I don't dream of you
I only live with this memory
But I don't dream
I don't dream
I don't dream
I don't dream

Jet engine lullaby

I read your name in the vapour trail
I set myself aflame to hear you say
Anything at all
Anything at all

I raised a glass
And drank to life and
We live like prey, we still
Are scared of something
Falling from the sky
What's falling from the sky?

I'm not gonna cry
Jet engine lullaby
Sing our souls to sleep
I'm not gonna cry
Baby that's not me

Hey you, what's wrong?
This feeling's blameless
Cross a thousand skies
Something changes
So walk out, I'm going
Baby you just sleep

I'm not gonna cry
Jet engine lullaby
Will sing our souls to sleep
I'm not gonna cry
Baby, that's not me

I'm not gonna slip
I'm not gonna give this away
I'm not gonna stop
Until we drop
Into the waves

Yeah, yeah, yeah...

I'm not gonna cry
Jet engine lullaby
Will sing our souls to sleep
I'm not gonna cry
Be alright
Until you leave

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

Killing Balloons

( Lyrics from a poem by Simon Armitage )

The party's over
Morning has yawned
A nurofen Breakfast
Ashtray thoughts
Head on a cushen
Breathe like a stone
And three dead men
Button their coats
And they're gone

And i'm on my own
Hands in my sleeves
Here are balloons
Bags of old breath
Sad little lungs
Small purses of light
Sharpen a knife

Remember the rabbit girl who drowned
All that she left an inflatable moon
Remember the boy breathing her in
Day after day after day after the boat went down
The show's over, the house lights are up
Lipstick smushed on a plastic cup
Tickets dropped on the stairs and the street
Three black taxis circle the square and leave

And i'm on my own
Hands in my sleeves
Here are balloons
Bags of old breath
Sad little lungs
Small purses of light
Sharpen a knife

La nuit je mens

( Live / Alain Bashung cover )

On m'a vu dans le Vercors
Sauter à l'élastique
Voleur d'amphores
Au fond des criques
J'ai fait la cour à des murènes
J'ai fait l'amour
J'ai fait le mort
T'étais pas née
A la station balnéaire
Tu t'es pas fait prier
J'étais gant de crin, geyser
Pour un peu, je trempais
Histoire d'eau

La nuit je mens
Je prends des trains
A travers la plaine
La nuit je mens
Je m'en lave les mains.
J'ai dans les bottes
Des montagnes de questions
Où subsiste encore ton écho
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J'ai fait la saison
Dans cette boite crânienne
Tes pensées, je les faisais miennes
T'accaparer, seulement t'accaparer
D'estrade en estrade
J'ai fait danser tant de malentendus
Des kilomètres de vie en rose
Un jour au cirque
Un autre a chercher a te plaire
Dresseur de loulous
Dynamiteur d'aqueducs

La nuit je mens
Je prends des trains
A travers la plaine
La nuit je mens
Effrontément
J'ai dans les bottes
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On m'a vu dans le Vercors
Sauter à l'élastique
Voleur d'amphores
Au fond des criques
J'ai fait la cour à des murènes
J'ai fait l'amour
J'ai fait le mort
T'étais pas née

La nuit je mens
Je prends des trains
A travers la plaine
La nuit je mens
Je m'en lave les mains
J'ai dans les bottes
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La nuit je mens
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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

( The girl who falls downstairs EP - The Beatles Cover )

Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes

Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
Towering over your head
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes
And she's gone

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain
Where rocking horse people eat marshmellow pies
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers
That grow so incredibly high

Newspaper taxis appear on the shore
Waiting to take you away
Climb in the back with your head in the clouds
And you're gone

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Picture yourself on a train in a station
With plasticine porters with looking glass ties
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstyle
The girl with the kaleidoscope eyes

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds...

Moneyshot

( Early Demo )

Watch the man fall beneath the train
Wipe the pieces of his shattered brain from your new suit
And don't look back

Sister slide down beside your man
This brother doesn't love her she'll get what she can
And not look back
Don't look back

Slip yourself into the slot
Takin' aim for the money shot
To make you whole
To make you whole

They'll tie your feet, they'll tie your hands
This town of fat white Christians will bind your soul
Will bind your soul

Don't want to deal in stolen gold
These daily disappointments keep you growin' old
But that's not me
That's not me

Sold your dreams of buffaloes
To dream of death soldier doesn't know
He don't wake up
Don't wake up

Watch the man
Watch the man
Watch the man
Watch the man

Watch the man fall beneath the train
Wipe the pieces of his shattered brain from your new suit
And don't look back
Don't look back
Don't look back

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

Out of This

Watch the planes as they slide
Across the city's dark night
But I'm chained to the ground
There's no escaping this town

Must be you that I love
Must be gold in this dust
Oh, the city's in bloom
But I'm blind to the view

Out of this
Comes something, out of this
Comes something, out if this
Something will come

I've been building the flame
Keeping out of the game
Kicking stones through the street where we meet
But I know something will change

Out of this
Comes something, out of this
Comes something, out of this
Something will come

Out of this
Comes something, out of this
Comes something, out of this
Something will come

It's the light, it's the day
It's the dawn that she breaks
It's the moment you know
That your dreams still escape
The cold, it's amiss
But you know it don't come later
The girl that you kiss
Hopes to stay still a stranger

It's the light, it's the love
It's the cracks in the pavement
The signs from above
And the great constellations
The lines in your hand
And the dice that you're rolling
Your hopeless belief that you're flying
Not falling in love

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

Oh yeah (on the radio)

( Live / Roxy Music - Brian Ferry Cover )

Some expression in your eyes
Overtook me by surprise
Where was I ?
How was I to know ?

How we can drive to a movie show
When the music is here in my car

There's a band playing on the radio
With a rhythm of rhyming guitars
They're playing oh yeah on the radio

And so it came to be our song
And so on through all summer long
Day and night drifting on into love

Driving you home from a movie show
So in tune to the sounds in my car

There's a band playing on the radio
With a rhythm of rhyming guitars
They're playing oh yeah on the radio

It's some time since we said goodbye
And now we lead our separate lives
But where am I ?
Where can I go ?

Driving alone to a movie show
So I turn to the sounds in my car

There's a band playing on the radio
With a rhythm of rhyming guitars
There's a band playing on the radio
And it's drowning the sounds of my tears
They're playing oh yeah on the radio

Pale Blue Eyes

( Live / Velvet Undergound cover )

Sometimes I feel so happy,
Sometimes I feel so sad.
Sometimes I feel so happy,
But mostly you just make me mad.
Baby, you just make me mad.

Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

Thought of you as my mountain top,
Thought of you as my peak.
Thought of you as everything,
I've had but couldn't keep.
I've had but couldn't keep.

Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

If I could make the world as pure,
And strange as what I see,
I'd put you in the mirror,
I put in front of me.
I put in front of me.

Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

Skip a life completely.
Stuff it in a cup.
She said, Money is like us in time,
It lies, but can't stand up.
It lies, but can't stand up.

Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

It was good what we did yesterday.
And I'd do it once again.
The fact that you are married,
Only proves, you're my best friend.
But it's truly, truly a sin.

Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

Precious Cargo

( Karaoke soul EP CD1 )

A highway
A movie road
Carrying
Precious cargo

Breathe deep my angel
Close your eyes and slip away
Breathe deep my angel
Save you from another day

Princess
Forgive me now
Trust me
Don't you make a sound

Breathe deep my angel
We can sleep away this world
Breathe deep my angel
Daddy loves his little girl

Breathe deep my angel
Close your eyes and slip away
Breathe deep my angel
I can save you from this day

You will, you will never forgive this
Still on the edge of war
So alone, so alone a vision of heaven
You're right on the edge

Sunrise
It's a beautiful day
When you think of me
Think of me this way

Sad song for the left hand alone

( A day like today promo single )

One of these days I'll outrun myself
One of these days I will lose myself

One of these days I'll outrun myself
One of these days I will lose myself

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One of these days I'll outrun myself

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

Sadly Beautiful

( The replacements cover / Live KCRW 2001 )

From the very first day that you were born
To the very last time you waved and honked your horn
Had no chance at all to watch you grow
Up so sadly, beautiful
Up so sadly, beautiful

Baby needs a brand new pair of eyes
'Cause the ones you got now see only goodbyes
Had no chance at all to let you know
You're so sadly, beautiful
You're so sadly, beautiful
You're so sadly oh so sadly, beautiful

Well you got your father's hair
And you got your father's nose
But you got my soul
Sadly, beautiful
You're so sadly, beautiful
You're so sadly oh so sadly, beautiful

From the very last time you waved and honked your horn
To a face that turned away pale and worn
Had no chance at all to let you know
You left me sadly, beautiful
You left me sadly, beautiful
You're so sadly oh so sadly, beautiful
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful

Soldier Song

( End of the world news EP )

Rest your eyes
I'll be your guide
And this soldier's song
Will bring us home
Let down your guard
The battle's done
And all the shame,
Will fall away
And I will
I will
Be here
I will be here

Through this rain
I feel the heat
And trumpet's sound
In my sleep
Memories, call to us
And all I hear
Are soldier's songs

I wish, I wish
You were here
I wish you were here

So burn all your photographs
Your images of war
Blindfold to history
You fall against, fall against
You fall against the wall

And I've burned all your photographs
And your images of war
And I'm blindfold to history
And I fall against the wall

Spite of me

( Early demo )

Here I stand
My hour at hand
Waitin' for the night
I need to change
Cannot stay the same
I can't keep up this fight

Though I stand here on my own
I know I am not alone
I'm possessed by spirits
Forces you can't see
Tonight they walk inside of me
Inside of me
Oh yeah
Inside of me

The man I see cannot be me
My mirror must have cracked
A thousand lines cannot mark the time
You know you can't get back

Though I stand here on my own
I know I am not alone
I'm possessed by spirits
Forces you can't see
Tonight they walk inside of me
Inside of me
Oh yeah
Inside of me

Inside of me
O yeah
Inside of me
Inside of me
Inside of me
In spite of me
Inside of me
Inside of me

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

Street light

( A&B song EP )

She's a street light in the evening rain, 
An empty seat on the rush hour train. 
She's a polaroid lying on the street, 
She's the lover I may never meet. 

Every night I breathe her in, 
Feel her sink into my skin. 
Still I feel, 
That I am envious and obvious and desperate for your love, 
I am shouted by and criticised, 
Still I crave your touch. 
And I know the time you're killing is mine, 
But I... I don't mind. 

She's a phone call in the dead of night, 
A stranger's voice I recognize. 
She's a radio playing in the dark, 
She's the name you'll find written on my heart. 

Every night I breathe her in, 
Feel her sink into my skin. 
Still I feel 
That I am envious and obvious and desperate for your love, 
I am shouted by and criticised, 
Still I crave your touch. 
And I know the time you're killing is mine, 
But I... I don't mind. 

The Only Thing I Know

Jesus Christ
Was that my tongue or a knife
The Things I say, Leave me ashamed
My skin burns from the flames
I've got gasoline in my veins
I've got the sun at my back
The world in my sights
So strike up the band
I'll put the flames out with my own hands

For you
Go on, go on, go on
Take all of me
Don't let this be the only thing I know
Don't ever let go
Oh don't ever let go

Ashes fall from your lips
And I'm counting the ways, the counterfeit
And if I know your disguise, well it used to be mine
I'll carry you through this burning land
And when the water's gone
We'll drink the sand
You know I've got nothing left
For the journey home
And I've run out of gods to burn
So this fever will return

For you
Go on, go on, go on
Take all of me
Don't let this be the only thing I know
Don't ever let go
No, don't ever let go
Oh, don't ever let go

This distance run
This smoking gun
There's failure in your eyes
Things fall apart this stone I carved
Has fallen to the floor
Still so easily ignored
Still so easily ignored

Still so easily ignored

This is all of me
This is all of me
This is all of me
This is all of me

Wonderful Christmastime

( Maybe this Christmas Tree Compilation / Paul McCartney Cover )

The moon is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough
Simply having
A wonderful christmastime

The party's on
The feelin's here
That only comes
This time of year

Simply having
A wonderful christmastime

The choir of children sing their song
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding

Simply having
A wonderful christmastime

The word is out
About the town
To lift a glass
Don't look down

Simply having
A wonderful christmastime

The choir of children sing their song
They practiced all year long

The party's on
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having
A wonderful christmastime

The moon is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

You will rise

I see the city lights shine
I feel the night on me
And I stay and watch the cars drive
Their lights shine through me

Maybe soon, maybe now, when this town shakes to the ground
Maybe then you and I will rise
Maybe now, maybe soon, when the waters cover you
Maybe then you will rise

I heard that you were broken
Blue skies helped you decide
You gave yourself to the ocean
You walk into the tide

Maybe soon, maybe now, when this town shakes to the ground
Maybe then you and I will rise
Maybe now, maybe soon, when the waters cover you
Maybe then you will rise

You will rise
You will rise
You will rise
You will rise

Maybe soon, maybe now, when this town shakes to the ground
Maybe then you and I will rise

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

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