Blue in the Face

 

I drink too much, I drink to fast

I try to squish this bug that's blasting holes in my head

 

From my ears to my toes

Oh my dear, your face it warms this winter kid's soul

 

Ties are formed, but ties do break

I built my house on earthquake, because I can't get enough of the vibrations

 

Surprise is now as rare as gold

A side effect of getting old, oh man what I'd give to be thrown to the floor

 

Oh… you think I'd know by now

What I was meant to do in this crazy life

Oh… you think I'd know by now

What I was meant to do in this crazy life

 

Then one day you realize 

It's the little things that push your life along, past the rocks and hurdles

 

Like West coast sun, and East coast rain

A moon in harvest, above a mountain range 

Shiver and sigh, it's life that gives life meaning

 

Rules are bred into our bones

Marriage, dollars, and student loans

Our path is heavy, shackled and well worn

 

If happiness is a blade of grass

Then goddammit I have to ask, why do we scatter our spirits dry?

 

Oh… you think I'd know by now

What I was meant to do in this crazy life

Oh… you think I'd know by now

What I was meant to do in this crazy life

 

You can preach - my damn ears off- until you're blue in the face

But I know - what I love - and that's just gonna have to be good enough

You can preach - my damn ears off- until you're blue in the face

But I know - what I love - and that's just gonna have to be good enough

For the space I'm given

For the space I'm given

For the space I'm given


Migrations

 

Every bird flies south

Ever bird flies south

 

For the winter, for the winter

Every year, every year for the winter 

Feel the warm waters calling

 

But there's no winter, there's no winter

This year there's no more winter

Where do birds fly when there's no more winter?

 

Every man must make a choice

Does he move away or does he stay in his place?

 

In the grand scheme, in the grand scheme, you're not a bird but a human hatchling

But even so, we're all tied to the same string

 

Can you feel her, can you feel her?

This year she's got no more winter

Can you feel her, can you feel her?

This year she's got no more winter

Can you feel her, can you feel her

This year she's got no more winter

 

Where do humans fly when there's no more winter?


Everything Explodes

 

Unravel that wrinkled thing you call your face

You’ve chewed your words way too long and now they’ve lost their taste

You’ve bent your eye at the sun and now your vision's failed

Now your friends they hold your hand as you stumble down the trail

 

So it goes

Everything explodes

Dig in your toes

And pray that it holds

 

Exhume your bone but you’re not a dog I don’t care how loud you bark

Birds flap their wings and you sit there wondering how to kill the dark

Well let me tell you the woods are teeming with gold all you need is a sturdy axe

But don’t dig too far the treasure lies not in what you tell but what you ask

 

So it goes 

Everything explodes 

Dig in your toes

And pray that it holds


 

Before we drown

 

What was your name again?

I know but this is now and that was then

 

You see I've got this thing with my brain

Each moon and passing storm cleans it with the rain

 

Where was that place we met?

Didn't we climb that tree to watch the sunset?

 

And when it fell we still stayed warm

And when you fell I rose to take you home

 

Remember we dug our hands and squeezed the soil

That look you gave me was better than striking oil

 

Remember we dove deep down to the floor of the sea

Time stood so damn still it was uncanny

 

Where have I been all this time

Where have I been all this time

Chasing rhythms and stupid rhymes

Chasing rhythms and stupid rhymes

 

Put that down

Before we drown

Put that down

Before we drown

 

As good as it was

As good as it was

It's better where it is

It's better where it is

 


Dirty Dog

 

Haven't I seen you here before

Lurking around my front door

Big feet scuffling through the grass

Cold red eyes as fragile as glass

 

If you've got something to say just spit it

There's somewhere I gotta be in a hot minute

But man, there is something different about your gait

The way it carries tells me I should stop and wait

 

Oh is it that time yet?

I aint quite ready, oh shit

There's people I just haven't met

I've barely even got my feet wet

Oh let me be you damn dirty dog

Oh let me be you damn dirty dog

 

This place just seems too damn familiar 

A deja vu I can't even filter

Was it real life or a fucked up dream?

Shit, has any of this been real, I might scream

 

I remember lots of things, he said

Like falling in love so hard my chest bled

Like crying out loud to the desert stars overhead 

Like those backyard woods that put those dreams in my head

Like my dad working so damn hard so we could be dumb ass artists instead

Like my mom and the sun in the garden pruning in the rose bed

Like my brother and the language only we knew what we said

Like that look in your eyes, man, that look in your eyes, looking ahead 

Like when it was all just too damn much and I could do no more, so I fled 

 

Oh is it that time yet?

I aint quite ready, oh shit

There's people I just haven't met

I've barely even got my feet wet

Oh let me be you damn dirty dog

Oh let me be you damn dirty dog

 

Those two eyes are like portals to my past

Why'd you bring them here, on me to cast?

I was doing fine by my window in the sun trying to last

Now through you I see me and my trails and I gasp

 

It's not that I was a quitter, I was just restless as hell

A dirty rag soaking up water where I could for a spell

A ball of tape thrown to the wind to catch things where it fell

A bridge builder and a bridge burner all in one, that only meant well

I'm sorry to those I left, but I hope you'll have some good stories to tell

 

Oh is it that time yet?

I aint quite ready, oh shit

There's people I just haven't met

I've barely even got my feet wet

Oh let me be you damn dirty dog

Oh let me be you damn dirty dog

Let me be you damn dirty dog

Let me be you damn dirty dog

 

If you're gonna do it, do it now

If you're gonna do it, do it now

If you're gonna do it do it 

 


 

 

Never wrong

 

I don't know what's worse

A crowded house or a crowded horse

 

You can kick the people out

But can you handle the loneliness?

 

Life has got you by the knees

You're quick to kneel but you're hard to please

 

I'm not saying you can't see

I'm just saying you can't see what's right to be

 

All, your father, he wanted, is a son who could feel what he feels

All, your mother, she wanted, is a son who could love what was real

So they thought they knew what you wanted

But no one can feel what you feel

They thought they knew what you needed

But who's to say…what is real

 

I don't know what's better

A life of love or of letters

 

If you write it all down

Are you missing what is really there?

 

Your focus falters

Your mind's been altered by restlessness

 

Run from opportunity 

There is no immunity for emptiness

 

Oh, your father, he wanted, is a son who could feel what he feels

Oh, your mother, she wanted is a son who could love what was real

They thought they knew what you wanted

But no one can feel what you feel

They thought they knew what you needed

But who's to say… what is real

 

It's not right, not right, not right, but it's never wrong

It's not right, not right, not right, but it's never wrong

 

 

I can feel the past

Breaking through your cast of swollen bones

 

It's not about to pass

Big grins cover bigger groans

 

To be waterlogged

Is not so bad if you are born to swim

 

But even if you drown

At least you had the balls to try out your fins

   

 

All, your father, he wanted, is a son who could feel what he feels

All, your mother, she wanted is a son who could love what was real

They thought they knew what you wanted

But no one can feel what you feel

They thought they knew what you needed

But who's to say… what is real

 

It's not right, not right, not right, but it's never wrong

It's not right, not right, not right, but it's never wrong

It's not right, not right, not right, but it's never wrong

 


Brother

 

Oh brother of my heart

I know the world it shakes you apart

I know those demons in your head

'Cause I too have taken them to bed

 

You don't have to tie up your arms

You don't have to weave fantastic yarns

Just give it to me cold and true

I know the answer but I wanna hear it from you

 

It's not gonna last

Run your fingers through the grass

Make it last, make it last, oh, make it last, make it last

This life's too fast, oh, too fast, too fast

To lose sight of

 

Who am I to say you're wrong

We're all fragile souls breaking apart as we go along

Just know this man, that in all that you feel

Every moment counts, every love is real

 

Together we tear out our hearts

Together we blow the goodness apart

Our tired legs trip up the road

But hand in hand, brother, we share the same load

 

It's not gonna last

Run your fingers through the grass

Make it last, make it last, oh, make it last, make it last

This life's too fast, oh, too fast, too fast

To lose sight of

 


Don't you dude

 

Repetition's like a drug

It keeps your brain blind of

Keeps you dull to the love

That at your heart still shoves

That at your heart still shoves

 

Distraction's like a dog

It keeps your soul in a fog

It dams your creek like a log

With such water your life would sog

With such waters your life would sog

 

Resentment's like a pen

Leaking ink in your pockets again

A thorn in the garden you tend

It's a dead harvest your hands defend

A dead harvest your hands defend

 

You have everything worked out

Don't you duu--uuu--uu--uuu-u-de

You have everything worked out

Don't you duu--uuu--uu--uuu-u-de

 

Impatience is like a bee

Buzzing at your hands and feet

Smelling the fear of defeat

So you run faster than what see

You run faster than what you can see

 

Stubborn is a rock in your heart

The weight it pulls down and apart

A lid to that boiling pot

That stays hot and stays hot and hot

That stays hot and stays hot and hot

 

Pleasure is the pain that you please

When it asks you say yes to its needs

A purchase with gross hidden fees

Now you know and it buckles your knees

Now you know and it buckles your knees

 

You have everything worked out

Don't you duu--uuu--uu--uuu-u-de

You have everything worked out

Don't you duu--uuu--uu--uuu-u-de

 


GREEN EYES

 

Hey you with those golden brown waves 

Coming down from your face like the rays of the setting sun

 

Why'd you have to go and freeze me in my tracks 

Like a deer in the lights of traffic heading home

 

Your fits of uncontrollable laughter

What a beautiful disaster we'd be together

 

Fighting crime eyes locked fingers entwined

Such a simple thing my mind can't help hold onto

 

I've had dreams more real than this

I keep delusions clenched in my fist

Hidden away, hidden away, from the light of day

 

I mask my nervousness with the pitter patter 

Of my mouth running up a ladder, but I hit the ceiling

 

Crumple up and shutter in the windows of your green eyes

By now can't you realize this thing we're feeling?

 

So your heart is scattered and blown to pieces

Like leaves in the fall, little smithereens of the past still moving

 

Well tell me what is knew, why so blue, what's so special and true 

about you and your love, no one needs to go on proving

 

I've had dreams more real than this

I keep delusions clenched in my fist

Hidden away, hidden away, from the light of day

 


Toys

 

All these toys at your feet

A mix of joy on repeat

 

Simple pleasures round you out

Gives you feathers and keeps you stout

 

Cherish this now

Cherish this now... before it's gone!

 

So much more than a love affair

In this lifespan, there's not much to spare

 

Something special is in this place

If you're lucky it'll show it's face

 

Cherish this now

Cherish this now

 

All these hiding places won't ever, ever, ever hide you

 

Trouble seeketh to wrap around

If you invite it, it will confound

 

Sunlight likes to pour upon

Let it soak you and all hell will be gone

 

Cherish this now

Cherish this now... before it's gone!

Cherish this now

Cherish this now

 

All these hiding places won't ever, ever, ever hide you

 

Woo, woo, woo, woo

 

Cherish this now

Cherish this now

 


Hole in the Sky

 

Everyone wants 

Something unobtainable

 

Makes your heart thud

Your breaths more believable

 

Everyone needs

A fraction of delusion 

 

It's like pepper in your pie

It's like gold electrocution

 

So love has shattered you

Left you splintered, sharp and wheezing

 

Such a thing does come 

When your swollen heart starts bleeding

 

Reach out your limbs

Behold what is your kingdom

 

The layers of your skin

Cannot contain the lonesome-ness

 

Everything is but a blink of an eye

Dream yourself into a hole in the sky

Everything is but a blink of an eye

Dream yourself into a hole in the sky

 

The moon splits into two

Spilling blades of silver

 

Stings you in the eye

Pierce a hole in your liver

 

The glow of your last love

Shrinks down in to embers

 

Perhaps there will be more

To stoke you to remember

 

Suddenly you’re born

Without a chance to ask why

 

As cruel as it may seem

With love you watch each day go by

 

In your hands you mold

By your feet you wander

 

In your mind you fold

Each piece of time to ponder

 

Everything is but a blink of an eye

Dream yourself into a hole in the sky

Everything is but a blink of an eye

Dream yourself into a hole in the sky

 


 

City Mule  

 

Summersault through the city streets

Like a bowling ball going through the feets

Smash it all, just make your ends meet

Your survival is key

 

Cartwheel through the sea of cars

Like a dull human ninja star

Hide what you feel, but we see the scar

Painted on your eyes

 

Oh city mule

Oh city mule

Oh city mule

Why carry that weight you damn fool?

 

Nosedive through the city trash

One man's garbage is another's cash

There's no need to decide if you should dine or dash

Someone will pick up the tab

 

Ricochet off the city walls

Like a spit and shined silver pinball

I know you moved away because you're vulnerable

But man, so are we

 

Oh city mule

Oh city mule

Oh city mule

Why carry the weight you damn fool?

 

Oh city mule

Oh city mule

Oh city mule

Why carry the weight you damn fool?