LYRICS


THE KIDS ARE GONE

Oh how clumsy I have grown
The kids are gone
They’ve gone running for the hills
I will learn to walk alone
Been searching my soul through, a new leaf long overdue

Falling, falling down, never got me very far anyhow
I am humbled coming home to work it out
I think I’ll leave it all behind, stand up and make you proud

I drew the line, now it’s mine to cross
I won’t fight another day for a lost cause
Another night, another mile on the defensive in denial
Their memory will linger on
But the kids are gone and they ain’t coming back
Oh how bitter I’d become
The kids are gone
Was it I who chased them out?
Somewhere, in the night on the road
We we’re driving so fast, I was losing control

Falling, falling down, won’t heal them old wounds anyhow
I am humbled, coming home to work it out
I think I’ll leave it all behind, stand up and make you proud

CHORUS

Bridge:

They ain’t coming, coming, they ain’t coming back

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FICTION OF LOVE

Because she is beautiful, delicate, yet comfortable
Because she is elegant
She looks just like home, but you live alone
It don’t mean a damn, damn thing
It ain’t the truth you’ve fallen for, with your heart in the drink and jaw on the floor
It’s the ache of the painfully obvious, a fiction of love, nothing more

Because you are miserable, graceless, gullible
Searching for beauty where dreams go to die
Because you are hopeless, with wayward devotion
Whistles and catcalls as she walks on by
It ain’t the truth you’ve fallen for, a shot of light through the dim
When she opened the door
It’s the ache of the painfully obvious
A fiction of love, nothing more

Bridge:

Nothing less
I bet she deserves, what she gets
It ain’t you boy, that’s the truth, nothing less

She’ll go shine by the sun, while you howl at the moon
Together in twilight before darkness consumes you
Because you are hopeless, she gives you solace, but the hallelujah is far from divine
It ain’t the truth you’ve fallen for
Because it’s just you and her
And every other drunk at the bar
It’s the ache of the painfully obvious
A fiction of love nothing more

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BEFORE THE FALL

Are you running free?
Are you running scared?
Do you still believe in where you are going?
Are you watching for signs, or turning a blind eye?
Do you roam just to keep from looking inside? Down inside

In the wind, through the trees, everywhere you go it seems
The answers you keep on the run
In spite of your pride, if it’s a dying horse you ride
Before the fall, the black eye, go on home
Apologize son, to no one

Are you feeling bold
Living fast and for the moment?
Do you still feel young and invincible now?
Or are you unwilling to see, the cracks in the sermons you preach
For the fear of the foundation crumbling before your eyes, your very eyes?

CHORUS

If you swear to the world, in the palm of your hand
As it slips from your grip, like a fistful of sand
If you can’t hang on, but won’t turn back
Too proud to right a wrong then you’re bound for a crash

CHORUS

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DEATH IN LIFE

I have woken, come alive
The chains broke under the weight of the load, the weight of a lie
Now by this long, forbidden light of mine
I’m running down a new moon, a new moon, to the end of the night

I don’t want to wake years from now, up and over the hill
Thinkin’ I should’ve left this town when I was young and able
Cursing undone to a crimson sun, sinking in the sky
I’d rather die on the run than surrender to death in life

Out in the open, I feel free
With all this beauty, moving through me, within reach
And when I’ve spoken, I believe, you’ll come round, come round to believe in me

I don’t want to wake years from now with an empty ache gone unfulfilled
Sharing a cruel joke with those I couldn’t leave behind
Laughing off the anger, body on a steep decline
I’d rather die on the run than surrender to death in life

I won’t make more apologies, for the things that come to me naturally
When I strike a chord from way down deep
I couldn’t drown them out, so now I let ‘em bleed

As for love, in good time
But this one’s for the boy in the window
With the big blue eyes
Maybe one day, years from now

I’ll have a place for my restless dreams
They fill my notebooks up with hope
And appear so vividly to me
But these seeds they won’t ever flower
Without a vibrant light
I’d rather die on the run than surrender to death in life

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DREAMLAND

Dead soldiers in the garden, spoil the fruit from the root
I’ve been cleaning up in dreamland, I’ve got a lot of work to do
November’s come, autumn’s fallen with a chill I’ve never known
Yet to my surprise when I close my eyes, wildflowers grow

Our common ground, a paradise, littered and deserted for adult lives
I’m doing all I can to make something of the pieces

CHORUS:

As this ain’t a graveyard, I’m digging up the dead
Gonna make it rain, shine a light back in
I’m alone out here, but I still walk the earth in dreamland

Dead soldiers in the garden, bridges burn all through the night
Guess I’m better off in the glow
I’ve got the wheels, I‘ve got the time

Wherever you should turn, it’s my mind to believe

If we trace our bloodlines home we’ll find the lives we’re born to lead

Our common ground, a paradise, a no man’s land for a nowhere boy
Still no place I’d rather be

CHORUS

The ashes will inform the seed, the scars will bare their history
But the wounds must heal before I wear them proudly
The ashes will inform the seed, like the naked word to the melody
How the landscape changed with the changes in me

The walls went up, the soil burnt to dust
We grew apart, the ground split beneath us
Funny, I can’t remember when…

CHORUS

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OUT OF THE WOODS, INTO THE COUNTRY

She’s a country girl at heart
Don’t need this city, it don’t need her
But for the man on her arm
She put her roots down without a garden
She said it’s beautiful apartment
But at night old friends come knocking
And leave me rocking him in my arms at dawn again

We could start over free and clean
We could disappear down gravel streets
Out of the woods with our lives and love in the country
I’m so goddamn tired of this hard-party scene
I swear it’ll be the death of me, if we don’t
Get out of the woods and into the country

She’s a mother without a child
Can’t serve another ten to tame the wild
But the last defense beyond a chain link fence
In this tug of war
She said I can’t make love on a bed of nails
He can’t keep nothin’ down when I make him meals
Despite all this you know, we got something worth fighting for

CHORUS

Out of the woods, where the wild ones go
When they can’t go on being wild no more
Into the country, where time moves slow
With each rise and fall, love will overcome

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BRIGHT YOUNG EYES

Propelled by rebellion, a fire in my soul
I went west for the city, a brave new world
A boy from the suburbs, punk rock in my head, I’d rather take
That chance than stick around among the damned
But the neon city lights
Played tricks on my mind, like a moth to a flame
A gamblers hand to the dice
The hard liquor days, and low labour wages
The dim lit stages, left me drunk, broke and blind

I’m back on the road, back in control, made up my mind
I’m watching it all unravel as though, for the first time in my life
I don’t know where it leads but I’m back behind bright young
eyes

I sold fake diamonds from China
Scrubbed a meat saw with a tooth brush
Served coffee on Bay Street, shined toilets in a bar
When show time arrived, three sheets in a dive
With my heart on my sleeve and convictions on trial
I watched time and again as the young turned their backs
My words were just lost under thunder on the deaf

CHORUS

Bridge:

Open wide, I was blind now I see… dawn on the horizon
For glory?
Oh wouldn’t that be nice?
But it don’t whore for money
It don’t pose for style

I met a drifter, a guitar in his hand
I asked for directions
He said don’t look back
If you dream it go and be it, if you’re passionate allow it
Stay the course you believe in
You’ll make it there my friend

CHORUS

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FEATHERS AND TAR

I hear every sound this house makes
Lying awake looking up at the ceiling
There’s only one, I’ve grown to fear now
In the early hours, of the morning
We all know your pouring fuel on the fire
Fuel on the fire, your can barely breathe
If you really had a bluebird in you
He’d be soaking in gasoline
Drowning in gasoline

From the window with your keys, my bed to the street
Reaching out to me, from places I’ve never been
Under the stars, in your car
But I can’t leave you behind bars… feathers and tar
I don’t show my face uptown these days
The folks from way on high
They glare down their noses at me,
“Son, how’s your daddy?”
As if I’m a child

But I’m old enough to know
Who’s knocking at the door
I think you want to let him in
You built this house, now it’s tearing you down
I wish I had your thick leather skin
When the walls are wearing thin

CHORUS

Bridge:

When you’ve been drinking, I hit the interstate
With a mind to never come back again
Only to find I still love you the way you are
The good intentions you’ve buried beneath
Driving blind in the night, they catch up with me
And I’m guided home by the light of your falling star

CHORUS

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TRAIN SONG

She don’t want to live with a rattlesnake no more
She don’t want to live that way
He can choke on it now, the venom in his mouth
No she don’t, she don’t want to live that way
She don’t want to be with a petty thief
No love to give, none left to take
Under watch and thumb, a prize possession
No she don’t, she don’t want to live that way

She said…
He can’t reach me now
I’ve got my reasons, I am
Out of those hands for good
He broke her little heart, she’s taking it back
Like a needle pulling thread, we wind along the track

She don’t want to share his heavy cross to bare
She won’t wear his mistakes
She can’t wait on some promise of a brighter day ahead
No, no she don’t, she don’t want to live that way

CHORUS

Rolling through the mountain divide
Second chance on the other side
Late at night in bed, she went over and over this
She told me so, with tears in her eyes

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BETTER HALF

The things you do speak loudly to her
A coffee and a paper to the bedside table in morning
Even when the world is spinning round in your head
You’d rather brave the storm then watch her shovel out the drive
In between the lines

I love you, I need to
After all these years
All we’ve been through
At the end of the day, the things you do serve to say
This and more
For your better half

You rise up from your chair when you here that car pulling in
To greet her at the door even when you ache in every limb
You stay cool in the face of another scare
They’re going to keep me overnight, I’m just calling to say I’m alright
In between the lines

CHORUS

Bridge:
A living proof, a lived in vow
From the shores of youth, to the foothills now
Come what may, you’re always making ground
Though it’s a climb sometimes to ring the bells, loud and clear
She still hears the sound

CHORUS

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