Lyrics: Idioms

12/04/2016

IDIOMS (unreleased album, 2014/2015)

 

Now And Then

 

You and me came from crawling

To see the world, the stars come falling

The seven seas, the plains of winter

And more than I can remember

 

But now and then

And so be it

But now and then

I don’t see it

 

You and me came from others

And shared it with sisters, brothers

For a time, for forever

All alone, all together

 

But now and then

And so be it

But now and then

I don’t see it

 

You and me are bound for leaving

Eventually, and ever freeing

And someone said we can’t live forever

And no man can escape the weather

 

But now and then

And so be it

But now and then

I don’t see it

 

You and me have seen the snowing

The dead and gone, the faces glowing

The broken gold, the silver drawing

The strong and old, the young and longing

 

But now and then

And so be it

But now and then

I don’t see it

 

 

Your Side Of The Bed #2

 

Keep me awake from your side of the bed

And take me away from those dreams in my head

Is it really you lying with me tonight

Or a song I forgot how to sing

Like the ghost of a beautiful thing

 

Lead me to sleep with my hand on your chest

And let me behave in the way I do best

And I’ll be ashamed of my purist desired if you give me a good reason why

But you can’t give me one good reason why

 

Beg me awake from your side of the bed

I still won’t deny ner a word that I’ve said

Is it really me that you’ve hated so long

Of the rust on your old diamond ring

Like the song we forgot how to sing

Like the ghost of a beautiful thing

 

 

The Damndest Thing

 

You were the damndest thing

Something shy and always running here to there

A spotted feather in your hair

A lonely smile, broken eyes

Lonely like a paradise

And in every way that you looked at me

I knew you’d hurt eventually

 

You were the damndest things I’d ever seen

Someone said it’s closing time, but we’ll be fine

Your body was a friend of mine

And I remember every breath

And every shaking in your chest

And in every prayer that you prayed in vain

When I made you scream in heavens name

 

You are the damndest things I’ve ever seen

Something south of New Orleans and angeles

A fighter fallen on her knees

And every breath that I’ve ever prayed

Took you east of Santa Fe

To pour the water in my hair and take me underneath the stairs

 

 

Mt. Vernon, OH

 

You were young and so was I

When you first had caught my eye

And you never even tried, did you baby

You were shaking like the blaze

In the south of Santa Fe

I didn’t even know your name, did I baby

 

But we danced until the morning

And we slept through the storming

And we stayed for the light show

On a winter in Ohio

 

Someone said the other day

That you were really on your way

But you know what people say, don’t you baby

I don’t play with no cocaine

I don’t pull a ball and chain

But I shake to hear your name, don’t a baby

 

And I’m sorry I can’t find you

But I swear that I want to

I’m a prison on the bayou

And you’re a poem in Ohio

 

On a fashion magazine

Selling women’s gasoline

You were staring right at me, weren’t you baby

I’ll be lonely, I’ll be damned

I’ll be broke and in your hands

I’ll be anything I can to feel you, baby

 

I’ve been put through the ringer

I’m a liar and I linger

I don’t know where the time goes

But I’ll see you in Ohio

I’m a ghost and you’re a lady

You’re one look and I’ll go crazy

If the wintertime comes in slow

I’ll come find you in Ohio

In the hardwood and the soft snow

I’ll meet you there in Ohio

 

 

I Thought Of You Today

 

I thought of you today

Wondered how have things been going

Is it raining where you are

Wonder if it’s started snowing

Did you see the autumn leaves from the New York City streets

When I saw them here, it got me thinking of you

 

I thought of you today

Wondered how have you been doing

And are the parts of me I’ve lost

The same parts of you you’re losing

There’s a pain under my skin, and my heads a mess again

But through these clouds of mind, I’m always thinking of you

 

I thought of you today

About the dreams that we imagined

And if things had turned out that way

I wonder what then would have happened

Would we live in the same city, would we be apart and pretty

Or would I be right where I am, still thinking of you

 

And I thought of you today

About that time up in the mountains

I’d lost my Christmas cards

And lo and behold, you found them

Though I manage pretty well as far as anyone can tell

When I do lose myself, it gets me thinking of you

 

I thought of you today

Yeah but then again, I always do

So what would I have to say

How’s everything, tell me what’s new

We said all there was to know about a thousand years ago

But still I hope you know I’, always thinking of you

 

And in another thousand years, for the time that I was here

You should know that I was always thinking of you

 

 

Farewell The Dear

 

The good ones go, the bad ones leave

And there is no one in between

Farewell the dear, you’re bound to go

We’ll meet again on down the road

 

The sky was grey, her eyes were blue

And she was only twenty-two

She kissed her hand and waved goodbye

And jumped a train for Yellowknife

She came by way of Baton Rouge

With no cards to play and nothing to lose

Her eyes were blue, but sometimes green

Just like the one– Evangeline

 

The good ones go, the bad ones leave

And there is no one in between

Farewell the dear, you’re bound to go

We’ll meet again on down the road

 

She was a city in the snow

Nothing to do but somewhere to go

She left her heart in Tennessee

And lost her mind in Cherokee

God knows she did, God knows she tried

But she never could get satisfied

God knows she tried, God knows she did

But she said she had a life to live

 

The good ones go, the bad ones leave

And there is no one in between

Farewell the dear, you’re bound to go

We’ll meet again on down the road

 

So fairly we– we do depart

And so we would right from the start

And once again the hour has come

Another moon and a setting sun

The more we dance, the more a song

The more we stay, the more they’re gone

And the more she’d say, the more she’d need

To reap the sewn and sew the seed

 

The good ones go, the bad ones leave

And there is no one in between

Farewell the dear, you’re bound to go

We’ll meet again on down the road

 

 

Forgotten Earrings

 

Forgotten earrings on a stand beside my bed

Little letter full of words I’ve never read

Pretty lady, you’re calling out to me

Don’t you leave me– I’m too young to be this free

 

Yellow hairpin laying on my floor

Blue Jay feather, spider underneath the door

South Virginia, you seem so far away

Let’s do forever what we were going to do today

 

Golden Finches, lazy river in the woods

Ordinary, you’ve never looked so good

Rusty handle on a dried-up well

And we were lovers for a springtime spell

 

A pair of millstones, summer in the shade

I was raised in a house my grandfather made

A little cabin with a red tin roof

Muddy blue jeans and worn out shoes

 

You said you wanted a birddog with blue eyes

I said I wanted a birddog with yellow eyes

A dirty teacup, tracking mud across the floor

For forever, for a day and nothing more

 

A crazy haircut went and stole your home

He took the pine trees and the colored stones

There’s nothing sacred about the things we choose

And there’s no such thing as the “white girl blues”

 

Turquoise earrings, you’re a thousand miles away

Forgotten earrings, now they’re just another day

Pin oak picture in a box beside my bed

And little letters full of words I’ve never said

Turquoise earrings, you’re the one that got away

Love forever died to love another day

Picture perfect, like a thousand magazines

You forgot your hairpin and your turquoise earrings

 

 

Georgia

 

Georgia knows her way around the bar

She likes to hang around 'til 2 AM

She likes to see the city after dark

She likes it when the trains come by and tells me not to cover up my ears

Georgia knows her way around the town

She likes to shake from one place to the next

She likes it when the cool kids come around

She looks them in the eyes and she swears she's never been in here before

 

She comes to me so easily

And takes me like I'm poetry

And puts her skin against my skin

And says lets try not to do this again

 

Georgia knows her way around my place

She likes to leave her shoes beside the door

The sunrise burns across her pretty face

She pulls under the covers and she tells me i should go let down the blinds

Georgia wants a coffee on the street

And to watch the dogs come out on Saturday

She likes the city underneath her feet

She wants to smoke a cigarette and swears she's gonna give them up someday

 

She comes with me so easily

And takes me like I'm poetry

And puts her lips against my lips

And says she's had about enough of this

 

Georgia knows her way around the bars

She's been down here since she was seventeen

She likes to say she dabbles in the arts

In a barroom full of animals she'll look for one that’s bearable

The kindest sweetest so and so, and finally end up settling for me

 

She comes* for me so easily

And takes me like I'm poetry

And puts her heart against my heart

And says let's go back out tomorrow night

And we'll be young

And we'll have fun

And we'll come home

 

 

Longhand Poetry

 

There was a time I couldn’t find the words

To roll like a stone or sing like a little bird

And time was a sinking boat that I lived upon

And love was a name I wrote til the boat was gone

 

And lately I’ve been thinking

When it’s said and done

Will you take me home

 

There was a time I couldn’t find the time

To eat of the tree or drink of the oldest wine

And there was a girl that was so much more than me

Tough as nails and sweet as a cherry tree

 

And lately I’ve been wondering

Where you’re bound to go

Will you let me know

 

And there was a nest and a song that was meant for me

High at rest in the arms of a hickory

And grace was a stone that I broke myself upon

And I cried to the Lord but the faith that I’d made was gone

 

There was a blanket laid on the open ground

A kiss on the lips and a dancer spinning round

And love was a tired thing in the end of days

Sharp and a nail and evil in its ways

 

And lately I’ve been wondering

Where it all went wrong

Will you take me home

 

There was a reddest rose that I ever saw

And hers was a name I wrote on a bathroom wall

And she had a name I carved in a red oak tree

A tattooed shoulder, longhand poetry

 

And lately I’ve been thinking

When it all comes undone

Will you take me home

 

 

Waitress In Massachusetts

 

Maybe it’s my pride that makes me need to say this

Or some kind if vanity

Maybe I don’t have the right ot ask for favors

But would you just listen to me

Something makes me want to kiss you when you’re angry

But I never make the move

You’ve done told me that you’re over being salty

So what do I have to lose

 

Have I told you that I’m sorry for the fire

That I lit in your town

I feel like someone made me walk across a wire

And I’m still falling down

You look pretty as the day before I met you

No– that came out wrong

Said you look pretty as the night that I first found you

With that red dress on

 

I never said I’m perfect baby

I’m better than I used to be

You never should have kissed me baby

 

Someone told me there’s a town in Massachusetts

And there’s a gristmill there

And there’s a waitress with a tattoo of a flower

And yellow hair

I might move up there when I’m a little older

Or who knows when

If I go before it starts to get a little colder

I wont be seeing you again

 

I never said I’m perfect baby

But I’m better than I used to be

You never should have touched me baby

 

Loves a prison meant for only crimes of passion

Someone puts themselves into

Maybe all this time I haven’t paid attention­–

I thought that I was good to you

But I guess it’s time I walked out of this prison

And washed it off my hands

Maybe somewhere off the coastline of New England

Or the timberlands

 

I never said I’m perfect baby

I’m better than I used to be

I wish you’d never met me baby

 

 

White Oak Lavender

 

I may find her in the strawberry field

worn like lipstick on the face of a hill

and when she floats off like a dandelion will

I may find her in a blackberry field

 

I may find her in the cigarette trees

breaking toadstools under high-dollar leaves

and I may want her to come sleep beside of me

but I may lose her in the cigarette trees

 

I may find her in a city full of noise

hearing stories from the white collar boys

and they might talk until she doesn't have a choice

but they're just silence in a city full of noise

 

and I may find her in the lavender farm

smiling flawless under lavender warm

smelling flowers with a stranger on her arm

there i'll find her in the lavender farm

 

oh and there she goes

and lingers here

like lavender

in the air

 

 

Christmas Eve

 

Saw a fried of mine– saw a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time

And it hurt my eyes, like the morning and the sun, but they looked fine

So we stayed a while, shook the dust off of our mouths, stoked the fire

I heard I always was a lamb, I said you always were a lush, and a liar

 

Someone said that you were coming home for Christmas Eve to take it easy

For a little while, another week or maybe two, and then you’re leaving

And your mother said you were tired of the west– she tried to warn you

That the snow don’t fall and the cities don’t stand still in California

 

But you’ve made it there for a long time, haven’t you

You’ve made it there from end to end

Yeah you’ve made it for a long time, haven’t you my friend

 

So you had a try, tried to make it to the sun, took a wrong turn

Yeah well so did I– I tried to light the world on fire– I guess we both learned

That a flame wont fly, and the ground don’t look the same once the world turns

And the world don’t cry– she don’t drink, she don’t smile, and she don’t burn

 

But you made it for a long time, didn’t you

You finally made it through the winter wind

Yeah you made it for a long time didn’t you my friend

 

Said I made it through– made it to the other side– took the fast lane

When I got there I looked around and realized it was the same thing

Said I’m doing well, finally got a second chance, started over

Said some days were hell, some were music and a dance, some were sober

 

But we made it for a long time, didn’t we

Even when we thought we’d reached the end

We made it for a long time didn’t we my friend

 

It was late at night, and we’d had too many drinks, the roads were colder

And the night was gone, the cops were standing in the streets, the fun was over

So we said goodbye, said we’d do it all again before too long

And the days went by, another summer turned to spring, and we were dead wrong

 

 

 

 

 

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