Lyrics

A TIGHTROPE WISH (2016)


HEAVY METAL BARS

The day breaks through
the nightly screens into a darken scenery
The last wandering light
in a broken lens
cut up in a million different sights

A place in time with no desire to be found
I guess some time this place will bloom
when renewed from me and you
when recovered from the truth
Heavy metal bars around our tiny little hearts, doing time in isolation
Every single cell locked up, no chance of recontamination

When the sun come back around the bend
the circle must repeat itself then
But we’ll be gone without a trace
Heavy metal bars around our tiny little hearts
doing time in isolation
every single cell locked up
no chance of recontamination
THE SWIM

I went looking for a house that wasn’t there
I went looking for a sound I couldn’t hear
I went looking for a job that someone got
I went looking for some cash that had been burned

Once there was a fire on the sea
and you swam next to me
our suitcases sank from all the gold
that we had earned
from stories never to be told

I went looking for some water that had dried out
I went looking for a car that wouldn’t run
I went looking for some liquor during the ban
I went looking for a partner with a plan

Well I’ve been losing all my phones
I’ve been eating meals alone
I’ve been walking by the docks of Hamburg and Barcelona

I’ve been hearing about more fires in the woods
although there are no ashes to be seen
I went looking once again for a love I had lost
It’s a riot how it all got so predictable

Well I went looking for a friend
that would stay until the end
I went looking for a bed
but there was already someone in it
I swam staring at the fireworks
knowing only one of us would be saved
KILL THE LIGHTS

Kill the lights and then the dark
cover the stars with an acid cloth
Heavy magic with a light wand
I’d take you anywhere you want

Wild full lit moon sky
veil it with black grime
Hold down the sun
don’t let it rise from the ocean

String up the clouds
let em’ hang in midair
Bleed out the rain down to wash out the main
New magic with an old wand, I’d take you anywhere you want

Why don’t we go and hide
I know a place near by
Let us outrun all this delusion
ALLEY LEE

Alley Lee
do you feel better now
when your father’s gone
the guns have been carried out of the house
he had a mean way of being kind
The gates are open, the sun is set
you’re gonna find another way to fall in love
you’ll tell me about it soon

What say you Alley Lee
aren’t those mornings gone
when the fighters fell
while dancing softly for the man
you could not make them stop
Will you fire it up
will you fire it up tonight
will you fire it up
will you fire it up tonight

Go tell the fishermen
make men be better men
call back, call back the sea again
Will we be lighter then
when we are better men
when there’s a sea again
or will we still thrive on decay

Did you see it come, the firelight
did you see him lose
that something that’s gone in most men
do you have it still
did you find your way
when he took her arms and lowered her waist
the dancing was done
oh brother, will you fire it up tonight

Will you fire it up will you fire it up tonight
will you fire it up, will you fire it up tonight
GOD OH MY

I find it hard to believe in God
I find it hard to believe at all
Oh my how would I ever know
Rite of passage caught the open eye
while I heard the devil sing a lullaby
and oh my how would I ever know
how would I ever know

I bought my drinks from Saturnine
while the priests were dancing with the columbine
and oh my how would I ever know
I caught that city took all it had
Well I couldn’t let you see me this sad
and oh my how would I ever know
how would I ever know

Would you come around
Would you come around
Would you come around
Would you come around
Would you come around
Would you come around

I find it hard to believe in God
and I fate too vurnerable
and oh my how would I ever know
I find it hard to believe in God
but I find grief believable
and oh my how would I ever know

Would you come around
Would you come around
Would you come around
Would you come around
Would you come around
Would you come around
A TIGHTROPE WISH

now it’s a fact
the line took them both
when they saw what was below

tied to a stone
they came rolling downhill
a sound as light as rain

down by the lake
where their steps had once met
back when they were kids

they were kids
they were kids
with a tightrope wish
PERSONAL HELL

I checked myself in under your spell
a vacant place for a personal hell
a black eye for a blue-eyed lie
a golden tooth for my lost youth

I packed my bags with the past
an eviction note and a broken compass
no sign of home
no direction told me
son come here you’re very close

it’s funny how things never pan out my way
I’m retracing my own footprints
back to the grave
where you put our love in the ground
down in the dirt where it can’t be found
LOUDER

back on my feet
I want to say it all
and I’m going to make it louder
free from reason
I fought it all
now I want to make it louder

the wheels of my mind are taking off
wheels of my mind taking off
it’s against all rules
it’s against all rules
I wont lie

below the surface
I’m going to open my eyes
so I can see it clearer
and when you swim towards me
it’s going to take a few minutes
for me to see it clearer

the wheels of my mind are taking off
wheels of my mind taking off
the wheels of my mind are taking off
wheels of my mind taking off /

back on my feet
I want to say it all
and I’m going to make it louder
FOOLS

I smile with all my teeth
I know it’s about fools
signs that I’ve been given
I know it’s about fools

to light up my youth
with a match

when my arms won’t move
around the guitar no more
all the love I’ll need
are these songs from fools

a light to seduce the dark

there’s nothing left to prove
well I know it’s about fools
there’s nothing left to lose
I know it’s about fools

the rise of our youth
coming up close
the rise of our youth
it’s not going to wait
PREY ON THE SHAPES

I prey on the shapes
trapped inside your outlines
bouncing off the walls insanely loud
projecting on my body with the bare lies
shining through the static of my motions
BLOOD ON KICK DRUMS

Nothing leaves a puzzled heart
no one gets out unharmed
memory a driving car
in the night through the fog

Bleeding beats on ceilings high
a raving dance with boy without god
blood on kick drums
psychotic and sane
free to drift with a hammering blame

Flutter on the radio waves
jewels hiding in the concrete
we cup our hands and we drink
we cup our hands and we drink

All we’ve done’s been proven wrong
yet we were right all along

From the tender to the bold
caused the waters to overflow
no excuses to be told
no excuses to be told

A bird’s nest for a heart
someone coughed in the dark
Lay your dance at our feet
on eager legs we make your streets

Nothing leaves a puzzled heart
no one gets out unharmed
memory a driving car
in the night through the fog

All we’ve done’s been proven wrong
yet we were right all along

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LEIKKO (2014)
LONELYLIGHTLYLOWSHINE

Not getting through to life to you
What would you do
if I had done what you told me to
They see your manners, they owe you grace
God damn that’s a beautiful face

Road queen now where’s your gun
I found a gleaming footstep in the sun
You were already here

You know that I never was
when they made the morning rise
rise with light
Who was I to stay within a dream
Lonelylightlylowshine

Road queen, now where’s your gun?
Found a gleaming footstep in the sun
You were already here
COPPER THIEF

Go where they haven’t yet gone
Listen to the song that is still unheard
Blue ridge branches shadowing your eyes
when you walk towards the ocean

Forgetfulness, sits down next to her on the bus
it blows on her eyes
the smell reminds her of rye

And we, we have come here by mistake
we, we have come here by mistake
how do we, how do we
how do we, how do we
how do we get out

Got to give what was never given
with heavy winds he stormed
through our town
mountain maker take him with you
Who is going to live there now
She cut across the field to find
to find the land

Drawing transparent walls
trying to make the angles how I think
you’d prefer them
It became stigmatic
nothing was received on my end

I was in a back seat on your birthday
I wept, tucked in by lights
The hollow got me dancing, thank you lion

And we, we have come here by mistake
we, we have come here by mistake
how do we, how do we
how do we, how do we
how do we get out

RECORDING OF A DREAM

I have no sense of time
Nor direction or place
A dream keeps me awake
But it’s not the right kind

I pass my days in unmade beds
Always on the wrong side of town
I fall back into you
Every time
I’m far, too far away from home
And that’s all the time

The ink dries on a paper
Soon to be taken by your eyes
And the whole damn world
Is holding its breath

I wont expect you to understand
But it’s how I feel
And tonight i might even call you up
Just to get your machine
The recording of a dream
THE YEARS I SPENT PUNKROCKING

I, I swallow the ocean
You, you’ve come to the right place
The days are but feathers now
laid out like velvet sheets on my skyline

Reach your hand out the window
scratch the surface and you’ll see
the heart beating away
up and down the hills upon the rails

Someone should take me across
I want it to be you
When we run out of lies
I want it to be you

These are the famous corners
Flowers hidden in gray braids
See, the Diamond is still here:
’Strike, Resist, Occupy Everything’

I want it to be you
When we run out of lies
I want it to be you
Someone should take me across
I want it to be you
When we run out of lies
I want it to be you
REDWOOD

I won’t love again
But I’ll say I did
I hope you find me
Wouldn’t last here

Low down nights
Never long enough
Lights never bright enough

Year eleven
And the first belongs to you

Don’t I know
You wouldn’t like that
Because you’re not like that

And I can’t tell
Tell them about you
So I keep giving you names

Haven’t said no for so long
Wouldn’t know where to start
Nights that I used to sleep through
We awake on different mornings
Nine hours apart

BLUEPRINTS

Encoded blueprints on the palm of your hand
Retracing your lifeline back to when you lived in Spain

I’ve been up all night
trying to figure out when yours crossed mine
I’ve been up all night
With a theory I call You and I

You and I collide in the dark
Who am I to confide with it all
It was so hard for one part
Now I can’t stop feeling lost
I hope you’ll be saved

Encoded blueprints on the palm of your hand
Retracing your lifeline back to when you lived in Spain

I’ve been up all night
trying to figure out when yours crossed mine
I’ve been up all night
With a theory I call You and I

You and I collide in the dark
Who am I to confide with it all
It’s so hard to get it right
if you just keep pushing me out
SUGAR FACTORY

A whiter shade of pale
Blasting from the old speakers of a rental van
As we pass by McCarren Park at night
The warm spring sun setting on
The abanboned sugar factory
And I took your hand in mine
If this ain’t love dont think I’ll ever find it

On a JMZ train across
the old east river to the bowery stop
The day after I fell into your eyes
You asked me what if this is wrong
It ain’t if you feel like this
So I took her hand in mine
If this is love I hope I never lose it

It’s funny how things must come to an end
And it’s funny how I always seem to rush them there
It’s funny how things must come to an end
And it’s funny how I always seem to rush them there
SCARLET

Wait for the morning you
Now you are talking too loud
I’m already gone

Head for the wall of youth
And dance with them all
You’re never alone

And I waited too
For the man in me
And you, what can you do?
With the light in me

So don’t come closer now
We made it all new
And I fear that you’re mine

You made all the loving you see
And now you lean on light
You lean on light

And I waited too
For the man in me
And you, what can you do?
With the light in me

I see it now
I see, I see it coming down
The boy, the boy you knew had war
Inside his palms

And then you came along
And he would disappear
For weeks and months
He said: Best is for the blessed
The best is for the blessed
ASLEEP

Falling asleep with the last word in the world
And waking up with the first
Knowing this is where
You always want to belong
When they’re coming from her mouth
It’s when you realize
You’re no longer alone

Ooh I must have passed out
Before you said good night
Must have still been asleep
When you said good morning

Ooh I must have passed out
Before you said good night
Must have still been asleep
When you said goodbye
HALO HEART

Now draw the lines
Halo heart hear the sound
Retrace those butterflies
Don’t let me fall asleep
Watery eyes fixed on every move
It’s tattooed on your lips
No need to be talked to

Youthful morning, listen Austin
I woke and I wanted
You I won’t complete
Halo heart, I hope you stay long enough
I hope you laugh loud enough
I will make my way back

I, I waited for the man to arrive
And I fear that he chose you
Light, there was a subtlety in all your moves
And I hope it will get you through
And who, who would believe if I showed them
What I’ve seen
What would they make of it

Of this man they all knew
Gave a name, made their own
Will we get the last saying before they see
Glistening porches where I join you again
Inside the trees, the glow, the night, the dusk

Halo Heart draw the lines
So that we might rise again
Before I forget we met
This could have mended our hearts
Inside our beat-up cars
When we sang miles and miles apart
Halo Heart draw the lines
So that we might rise again
Before I forget we met

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DEW POINT (2010)

TOWER

I left my life
to go and live yours
time talks of tokens
I took your life
tried to make it mine
I staggered between

(ooh, I know it best)
revolving doors, I
(ooh, i know it best)
I made you stay

You tried to go
your tower I see no more
I had driven you too far
soaking wet in yesterday’s dancing shoes

(ooh, I know it best)
revolving doors, I
(ooh, i know it best)
I made you stay

I left my life
to go and live yours
time talks of tokens
I took your light
tried to make it mine
I staggered between
HOLD UP THIS SONG

Ballerina, play along
Hold up this song
Before you judge me, I was wrong
Hold up this song

I am fatal, I’m a flaw
I heard you say
In all the darkness, I was found
I heard you say

Hold up this song
Hold up this song
Hold up this song

Tap your finger on the drum
You know the one
Paint the morning with your gun
You know the one

Hold up this song
Hold up this song
Hold up this song

And now your lonely days are over
It’s going to take a little time
And we will hide under the covers
Before

Hold up this song
YOU ARE GOOD, I AM TRAIN

Fall back, fall back
I can not seem to drag you out
I fear and you know
Fall back, fall back
Believe, the bomb
It’s strapped to my heart

It’s out of my hands
Out of my hands
It’s out of my hands
Out of my hands

Your low and my high
Well I faked it all, I made it seem right
I spoke out too loud
Now I fear that I can’t take it back
It’s too late, too good to stop
It’s strapped to my heart

It’s out of my hands
Out of my hands
It’s out of my hands
Out of my hands

Mechanical heartbeat, violent release
A heatwave longing for sleep
Chemical kisses set to release
I want you to see me derail

This time I won’t lie
The more I change the more I feel right
Believe, the bomb
It’s strapped to my heart

It’s out of my hands
Out of my hands
It’s out of my hands
Out of my hands
SEE THE MILE

See the mile
See it twirl away like curls
When you pass the giant
Wave your hand
So he’ll still be there when you return
It’s the safest place to pass

It won’t take long
Before you cross over the ridge
You’ll find my home on the coast, see the Danes
It might be cold
And people can be cautious
But give them time and they speak their mind

Down, down, down, down you go
Down, down, down, down

There’s only two highways
Either north or south
There’s only two highways
Either north or south

She’s been away
But I’m sure you’ll find her
She’s got the brightest light inside her eyes
Find out if she’s waiting still and tell her
That I can’t come back
That you’re the man in black

Down, down, down, down you go
Down, down, down, down

There’s only two highways
Either north or south
There’s only two highways
Either north or south

See the mile
See it twirl away like curls
When you pass the giant
IGLOO

Now walk away
Can’t you see I’m better?
I don’t need your tongue
The kiss you gave
Bound for something higher
Bring it back your way

Please rest your mind
I fell into a slumber
And got over this
Take take take the lie
Take it to the liar
Bring it back my way

The lids, the eyes
Vibrates like feathers
From my heavy breath
I float on trains again
The belly of my dance
The old cheating rails

I’m proud of what you left in me
But all the bets are off for us
Scarlet streams and washed up blues
I don’t care what you do
The current will take us too

I’m proud of what you left in me
But all the bets are off for us
Scarlet streams and washed up blues
I don’t care what you do
The current will take us too

Now walk away
Can’t you see I’m better?
I don’t need your tongue
And the kiss you gave
Bound for something higher
Bring it back your way
ELVIS

You see
You see it’s never as it seems
The boy
The boy you knew is gone and you know it
So take off your pretty smile
Leave it hanging out

Don’t you cry
You shouldn’t live my life
Before you

I know
I know we spend too much time
Talking how we could get this right
I’ve been waiting for too long
To set it straight with you and I

But I know now
We shouldn’t live our lives
I know this now
Like this we shouldn’t live our lives
And don’t you cry
Oh we shouldn’t live our lives
Before you
RIVERBOAT

Last night I saw the riverboat
Last night I saw the riverboat
Last night I saw the riverboat, oh my

He was coming up from down below
He was coming up from down below
Last night I saw the riverboat, oh my

Darling caught the river blues
Darling caught the river blues
Darling caught the river blues, it’s sad

She took my voice and gave me his
She took my voice and gave me his
My darling caught the river blues, it’s sad

Give me your sins, I shall take you home
Row row, we are hiding still

I covered my eyes for the riverboat
I covered my eyes for the riverboat
I covered my eyes for the riverboat, I lied

But the glow was showing through my hands
The glow was showing through my hands
I covered my eyes for the riverboat, I lied

Give me your sins
I shall take you home
Row, row
We are hiding still

Last night I saw the riverboat
Last night I saw the riverboat
Last night I saw the riverboat, I lied

But the glow was showing through my hands
The glow was showing through my hands
I covered my eyes for the riverboat, I lied
CAMERA FORTUNA

Some men make their living
On poetry and cards
Rest their heads on shorelines
And endless boulevards

As high as you may stack them
They’re heading for a fall
Frozen river frailty
Dance to who you are

Take all to your camera
And strike me with my blame
The cause of what’s deceiving
Calls another round of fame

A man will hide his meaning
While the meaning hides his heart
The wicked drum starts beating
Rips the world apart

Some will say they’re this way
Hiding alone
Burn-out bliss, chestnut kiss
Grasping for clarity

Copenhagen calls for
A drink for the loss
Put away the posture
And celebrate the cause

Keep walking straight with shadows
You may try to join your own
The slides are on the sidewalk
Oh, your battles are well known
LILL-BABS TEATER (instrumental )

MURDER OF SPRING

Bedtime post under ballroom lights
Glancing eyes let me in
Winter cheated on the wrongs and rights
With steady arms we slam the bell

What can’t be bought we must go and sell
On front row we hear it ring
Disguised in a melody
The murder of spring

Ooh, the murder of spring
Ooh, is what she holds within

In the open night the music appeared
Faded faults on empty trams
Cities forget but I remember

So I slap the face in the mirror I hold
It should have been left untold
Light steps on doubtful heels

Ooh, the murder of spring
Ooh, is what she holds within

I forgot to ask what she held within
The murder of…