LYRICS: GEOGRAPHY (2014)

False Start


Holding on to this world, but I never know what for
All the while, in front of me, I see it running out
I'm a liar to say, "I never had much time"
Now I know I was wrong

Held my breath, and listened, but I couldn't tell how long
Take the edge off my words, a moment lost in doubt
I was a liar to say I never had your eyes
Now I know that I miss you

 

To Remember


The copper-wound
The classic sound
The maple neck and tortoise shell
The simple gift of notes that always were mine

My father's face, a younger man
The music helped him understand
A simple gift that keeps every moment alive

A world in song as a way to remember you
A tide turned wrong, wide awake every night

The flowers that wilt
The hands that built
The homes that move when fortunes tilt
They ask me, well, I say that we're "doing fine"
 
My father's face, an older man
The music helped him understand
A simple gift that keeps every moment alive

A world in song as a way to remember you
A tide turned wrong, wide awake every night

 

 

Uncharted Waters


I want to know
I want to know if you sometimes
Imagined this before
Couldn't diminish the surprise

Between the lows
And desperate calls to eulogize
That won't explain this end

We're sailing alone into uncharted waters
All empty souls through the ebb and flow
We're sailing alone into uncharted waters
Removed and aimless, broken, until there's nowhere left to go

I want to know
The scale and scope of this design
Projecting surfaces
That distort the corners of my mind

I'm here, and though
A map alone couldn't define
The measures of this end

We're sailing alone into uncharted waters
All empty souls through the ebb and flow
We're sailing alone into uncharted waters
Removed and aimless, broken, until there's nowhere left to go

 

 

I'm Always Somewhere Else


Through the fever of trains and wires
My attention worn thin
I get lost again in plain sight

Like an orbiting satellite
Drifting from the earth's spin
I get lost again

As the plans we've made go awry
And all the questions sink in
I get lost again in plain sight

As the lightning breaks in the sky
Over people we might have been
I get lost again

It's the one thing I know
The feeling of always letting go
It's the one thing I know
A contentment that faded long ago
I'm always somewhere else

 

 

State of the Union


Out past the hilltops,
The Northern Lights fade
Fixed to the darkness as they spiral down
It's always overhead but it never looks the same
As it cuts through the phases
Of a failing town

And at the state of the union
They'll summarize the day
And try to recall it
But they won't know how
It ended this way

After the broadcast, they're saying move along
The signal is faded, but it's still intact
And there's a sneaking suspicion that something here is wrong
But it fled like a cloud before you could react

And at the state of the union
They'll summarize the day
And try to recall it
But they won't know how
It ended this way

 

Endless Sunlight


When the end is all but past
he world a haze of rust and bone
It simply wasn't built to last
Created all for nothing

Alive, it beats down on the sands
Of bleached white ageless shores
Alive, blessings burnt my hands
Endless sunlight

A rushing wave, a loss, a churn
Will kill away the decades, gone
Well I was there at every turn
But I remember nothing

Alive, it beats down on the sands
Of bleached white ageless shores
Alive, blessings burnt my hands
Endless sunlight

Pain receding
But I'm still bleeding
And sorting out the artifacts
And long lost keepsakes

All around me
This city's not well
The buildings crumbled to the ground
And the monuments fell

When the end is all but past
The stars erased in dust, alone
A flash of light that burned so fast
Created all for nothing

Alive, darkness over the sands
Of bleached white ageless shores
Alive, blessings burnt my hands
Endless sunlight

 

 

Willing


I'm willing to sell my soul to save my mind
I'm willing to be alone to bleed dry my heart
And watch it die

Under the still gray earth
That stretched for miles
Were fault lines that cracked until your whole world fell through
Equalized

I'm willing to sell my soul to save my mind
I'm willing to lose control to ruin everything
And save some time

Tied to the ocean floor, in long exile
Were landmarks erased from view
And homes sunken for suspended lives

 

 

Everything's Here


Now the words escape me
Dissolved through the hollowed streets
And dead hallways

Where moments turn to hours
And panic bends through each decision
And all my thoughts run cold now, yet
Everything's here

How did this defeat me?
It moved through the air like smoke
It ghosts the days

Well, I don't know what's in store
And I'm calling out for resolution
But I won't be gone for long now that
Everything's here

 

 

There Was A Time


There was a time
When the red that runs Through every bloodstream
Was static and cold
'Till the veins that run the span of your heart
Were coursing, alive
Ringing in a million meanings
There was a time

There was a time
When the words we make In simple voicings
Were unaligned
As the thought that grows Inside of your mind
Will trigger a sign
That bring your lips to shape the feeling
There was a time

There was a time
When the lands we claimed for settled countries
Were undefined
An empty canvas stretched under the white sky
Until all the lines
Were drawn into bounded territories
There was a time

We're the blink of an eye
Collections of unproven theories
In the blink of an eye
We'll never see it burn up or freeze

There was a time
When the stone laid under every building
Was drifting along
Through the void of space
And frozen in time
Before they collide
Gravity drawing us closer
There was a time

There was a time
When an anger fueled my very being
I couldn't say why
Now I just wish you were back in my life
I want a goodbye
But the earth keeps spinning faster
There was a time

We're the blink of an eye
Collections of unproven theories
In the blink of an eye
We'll never see it burn up or freeze


RESOLUTION (2011)

You Know How It Is

Everybody take a bow
Having played it off in the starring role
Make it up and say it aloud
‘Cause the rank and call has to count for something

The simple things
The simple things that I should have known
Every minute of every hour
We’re holding on to empty promises

Well this isn’t bad at all
Turning our cameras flat around
And singing the same, same song
Well, you know how it is

I can hear the wave of sound
Pushing out from the phase
Of a land-locked station
Interrupting the way around
Every broadcast signal in conversation

The message plays
The message plays in an unwavering tone
“This is only a test”
For now, just ignore the rifts
Halving states and countries

Well this isn’t bad at all
Drilling holes into the ground
And maybe we sold our souls
But you know how it is

 


Breathe

Hello to the closing in
Electric, all nerve and halogen

Even as the triggers fade
Blood runs through the plans my body’s made

A panic, black and white
Wake up every night
With no reprieve

A panic, black and white
Failing me inside
And then I breathe

Waiting through the sulking drone
Soft edges in broken monotone

Blurring out the smoking gun
That shot through as my insides came undone

A panic, black and white
Wake up every night
With no reprieve

A panic, black and white
Failing me inside
And then I breathe

 

 

It's Nothing

The silhouettes hang in the open air
Over a neighborhood in disrepair
Cutting the fog as they plummet to the ground
Delivering our hearts, full, to an empty town

And I don’t believe in a reason
It’s nothing

He watched her mouth move as she sighed aloud
Sleep hovering over like a passing cloud
The halo pulled around her slender neck
A simple crime you wouldn’t expect

And I don’t believe in a reason
It’s nothing

 

 

Simplified

And now
Listening to the sound
Of nameless people abound
Well, at least I know I tried

At dawn
A fever dream moving on
The scores of strangers are gone
And the rules are simplified

Evened Out

In the end it certainly seemed
My intuition was wrong
In the end the things I needed were here all along
I keep awaiting the ideal set of opportunities
To kill the weight of all the weaknesses pointing
In every single direction
It's all evened out

Wide awake, desires I keep but I could never attain
Like the haze of neon light bleeding
Across a window pane
Reflecting onto an empty shelf
The walls a whitewashed clean
But as the glare comes into relief
I see only a hint myself in reflection

I should've stayed and let the seasons
Run through winter and fall
I should've let the earthquake seethe
Into a simmering calm
But I was in love with the brightest self
A dawn that never recedes
Erasing every mistake, made easy
And bleaching out the slightest imperfection

It's all evened out
Unraveling every fantasy
Indecision's chasing me
I no longer doubt
It's all evened out

 

 

Reverse Slow Motion

Watching the sunlight peak
Reflecting from the lake as it travels east
Inverting days that shuffled on

Reliving a long-long past
In even steps that trace every moment back
Until I’m where it all went wrong
 
I’ll be in tune again
I’ll be in tune again
I’ll be in a place that everyone can find

I knew you would understand
I knew you would understand
I knew you were only after piece of mind

Pictures they flash, then fade
Freeing the frozen ghosts of the plans we made
As our ages slowly run aground

The warmth of a body drawn near
The meter of a whisper upon my ear
That empties as I turn around

It’s just like it was back then
It’s just like it was back then
It’s not like you never thought this wouldn’t end

Tell me you’re not the same
Tell me you’re not the same
And I’ll tell you the limits of this selfish gain

Tracing the moments back
Tracing the moments back
Through inverted days that march along

Reliving a long-long past
Reliving a long-long past
And knowing where it all went wrong

I’ll be in tune again
I’ll be in tune again
I’ll be in a place that everyone can find

I knew you would understand
I knew you would understand
I knew you were only after piece of mind

A way out of my mistakes
But I’m walking backwards in reverse slow motion

I knew you would understand