§ Paroles §

1. Dear God  
Oh dear god  
out for your name I’ve called  
you answered with your silence  
you answered not at all  
oh dear god  
bid goodbye with a nod  
rose from my knees  
and found my peace within  
my heart now leads  

oh what a world  
joy still comes, still goes  
but now I love alone  
yes now I love alone  
hopeful on my own 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Little Dove  
Little dove, little dove  
come and fly to my window  
little dove, little dove  
come and sit next to me  
it’s fine to feel the way you feel  
cause I feel it too, and nothing’s wrong with you  
little dove, little dove  
sit next to me  
let me just hold you, together we’ll breathe  
and I hear your heart  
it’s my only anchor in this sea of ours  
long may you fly  
into my broken life  
long may you fly  
into my open so broken life  

little dove, little dove  
you flutter like the sea  
little waves on the shoreline of you and me  
little dove, little dove  
with your sea-foam hands  
take me and shape me just like the sands 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 7. Together Anyway   
Lying awake   
thinking 'bout everything   
you’re half a world away   
wonder if you’re okay   
you and I we lie apart again   
our minds they circle and they spin   
if we close our eyes we can   

enlace   
our thoughts criss cross and mingle up in outer space   
a soft embrace   
from star to star together anyway   
la da da da da da   
la da da da da   
la da da da da da   

another day   
inhale and I drift away   
I’ll do most anything   
to stop myself sinking   
I can picture you afar   
your beaming eyes like gleaming stars   
I hear your voice in my guitar   
we are the ones for who we are   
you and I we lie beneath this sky   
apart again   
our minds they circle and they spin   
if we close our eyes we can   

enlace   
our thoughts criss cross and mingle up in outer space   
a soft embrace   
from star to star together anyway   
la da da da da da   
la da da da da   
la da da da da da   

no matter where you are   
your image isn’t far   
apart, we still found love   
because   
faced with all this space between us   
we just found the strength to   

enlace   
our thoughts criss cross and mingle up in outer space   
a soft embrace   
from star to star   
together anyway   
la da da da da da   
la da da da da   
la da da da da da   
yeah enlace   
no matter what the place   
regardless of the space   
we’ll be together anyway 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Love(d) You 
Today marks a week of death 
just as the week before 
the grave is dug and I'm supine 
upon its earthy floor 

once azure skies are oil black 
and the clouds refuse to float 
all for you this mechanical pause 
like my love you learned by rote 

my mind is sunk in pain beneath 
the water stinging cold 
that's filled this whole here from my death 
from the day my soul was sold 

sold to love and living bound 
by cages rusted red 
by a pair-too-many sodden lips 
spittin' words that said 

I love you 
I love you 
I'm leaving 

You left me for the shopping malls  
of meretricious dreams 
and sure as hell is hot with fire 
your ends betrayed their means 

the sheet on which you'll never fuck 
are the ones that hold these words 
and with them I will walk along 
as you gather in your herds 

now the question as is always posed is 
whether to commit 
to another cage or this here grave 
or instead rise from it 

the lucky choice that this earth bears 
between us and I 
now offered me a second time 
I choose to survive 

saying I love you 
I love you 
I'm leaving

2. A Million Miles or More  
Hold me tonight  
as I fall to sleep  
love me just right as I fall  
I own the world when you lay next to me  
lay next to me  
but I don’t need the world when you lay next to me  
lay next to me     
don’t close your brown eyes  
no don’t look away from me  
it’s colder every night they stray away  
I think it’s clear I need you in my life  
in my life  
I think it’s clear I need you in my life  
in my life  

with you I feel light,  
a whispered breathe of happiness  
and laughing or crying  
we’re doing our best  
It’s hard to see you go when you go  
though I know, you’ll come back home  
it’s hard to see you go when I know  
I’m not good at being alone  
                                   
I opened up my beating heart,  
despite my mind screaming no  
on the shore of this river, love  
I was content just to watch the current flow  
but you trusted that together  
if we dove we could float  
now tethered together  
we’ll sail down this river  
a million miles or more 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Among the Overgrown  

 Out east in Appalachia, among the overgrown  
strode a boy with pure intent to find just where he belonged   
he left his mama, papa one bright summer   
on his own to find   
eyes to see and a tongue to talk   
at his back a breeze   
as he walked the line   
woohoooo oooohh   
woohoooo oooohh   
Packed bag slung swung heavy on his back   
filled to burst with books, only clothes he took   
were the sweat stained ones that poorly clung   
to his aching back   

he came quick upon a slick preacher man   
he said hey young man have you heard of god’s plan   
there’s a savior on this planet   
here’s a book to help you plan it   
as you look for answers   
he said give your life to christ   
the only path to salvation is self sacrifice   
and with this humbling feat   
death becomes obsolete   
there’s a promise of eternal life   

kept moving on, he walked along still going alone   
down dirt roads, and crooked highways   
all away from the rising sun   

through Tennessee on to Arkansas   
he happened on a woman in a wooden lodge   
chimney spoke with smoke,   
she had a smoke and spoke   
talking over the howl of the hungry coyotes   
woohoooo ooooohh   
woohoooo ooooohh   

long back very many clock ticks ago,     
t’was a lion’s den full of confident men,   
who saw it fit to show that no beast or foe   
could ever conquer them   

But with something to prove they were doomed to die   
too busy trying to catch an admiring eye   
while the lions had nothing but themselves in mind   
I think you know how it ends   

She gave a wink and said goodbye   
only on yourself can you rely   
don’t hope and open for this big wide world to   
push you up to rise   
and rise, and rise, and rise   

On a blue black night under hissing stars   
on the doorway’s edge of a blue boxcar   
he sat and thought he ought not   
be thinking so goddamn much      

just then a scream pierced the night   
he peered out into the cold moonlight   
saw a frightened woman bound to the rail   
as the train let its whistle wail   
whoo hoo ooh   
whoo hoo ooh   
he knew right away this was life or death   
if he tried to save her he may take his last breath   
he heard the voices of his travels singing contradictions   
forcing him to fortify his brand new convictions   
lest christ convict him or he be a victim   
as the voices grew louder   
he just knew to evict ‘em   
while his mind was clear   
he was shown forthright   
that he had to adhere   
to what he knew was right   
right, right, right 

8. For Cate  
Lay your head down now  
the sun is sinking down  
a dream awaits your presence you’re a princess in a tower  
lay your head down now  
the moon is out your window now  
its light will keep you safe  
the stars are shining down from heaven  
onto your restful face  

Sleep now, dream now, night has come  
lay your head on a bed of clouds  
just like the drowsy setting sun  
say goodbye to this day  
and wake to find another one  
where dreaming just as easily comes  

as you’re fast asleep  
a dream emerges from the deep  
all you want and all you need is right there at your feet  
as you’re fast asleep  
and as this blue world cradles you  
it won’t betray your peace  
the darkness too is here for you  
it’s not your enemy  

sleep now, dream now, night has come  
lay your head in a bed of clouds  
just like the drowsy setting sun  
say goodbye to this day  
and wake to find another one  
where dreaming just as easily comes  

when you wake to find another light-full day  
shake off your sleep, get to your feet  
but don’t throw your dreams away  
find things you love, stay opened up,  
the world is yours if you want it enough  
and remember all along the way  
you’ll always have my love  

sleep now, dream now, night has come  
lay your head in a bed of clouds  
just like the drowsy setting sun  
say goodbye to this day  
and wake to find another one  
where dreaming just as easily comes 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
11. Though I’m Scared of Needing You   
Stay with me my love   
take me down this road you speak of   
where frozen rivers open to flow   
take me where you go   

keep me close my love   
keep hold this time its all we’re made of   
and with that mountain strength you own   
help me make a home   
   

And if I should happen to fall   
will you be there to meet me   
I’m open now, I’ve torn down my walls   
with all you’ve come to teach me   

On the horizon   
I see our sun rise   
It’s glowing and showing   
our path in these growing skies   

don’t leave me here   
alone and in fear   
I need you more than ever   
your love fills me   
strengthens and stills me   
may it stay forever 

 

3. Moonshine Taker  
Moonshine taker  
love, peace maker  
nothing moves you  
like a song  
you can’t fake it  
you awaken  
oh  
let it take you  
up and wake you  
you’ve been wanting  
all along  
now together  
we can weather  
any storm  

cause I don’t wanna wait  
for the sun to sink down  
and I don’t wanna wait on your yes or your no  
cause speaking honestly  
all I wanna see  
is you and me but  

same day over  
now it’s over  
wake and do it all again  
break the cycle make it final  
start at the end  

cause I don’t wanna wait  
for the sun to sink down  
and I don’t wanna wait on your yes or your no  
cause speaking honestly  
all I wanna see  
is you and me but  

oh when the clouds come pushing in  
and it’s hard to locate a friend  
you’re loving hating back and forth all alone  
you’re loving hating waiting on tomorrow  
just so you know  
there’s a way  
that we can take this day  
so it never fades  
it never wanes  
it keeps and it stays  
don’t run away  
I like it when you stay  
keep me company  
my symphony  
you make me wanna say  
there’s a way  
that we can take this day  
so it never fades  
it never wanes  
it keeps and it stays  
don’t run away  
I like it when you stay  
keep my company  
my symphony 
you make feel okay 

Picture This Summer Day   
Wrong   
this is wrong   
what’ve I done   
where did I get this gun   
am I awake   
for god’s sake   
I’m caked and stained with blood   
and you’re gone   
your dead-eyed stare   
and your skin so cold and wan   
in my arms   
my aching arms     
once held you   
we dwelled   
our fantasy it swelled   
we would run   
t’wards the sun   
to a distant flowery nell   
oh Belle   
what have I done   

A storm   
is this the norm   
one thunder strike and I’m back in the Iraq war   
in the corps   
where fire rained   
and my blood it stained the floor   
what for   
these pills I pop   
ain’t doing shit anymore   
and now you’re     
another casualty of this war   
that’s it   
I’m done   
I killed the only one   
who believed   
in me   
so I’ll take this wretched gun   
and with the chamber spun   
point the barrel at me 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  9. A Part of Me  
Night sky  
tell mamma bye  
I’m going out to play  
couple houses down  
it’s all our playground  
these backyards and driveways  
back when laughter  
was so easy  
it would freeze me  
it’s what freed me  
every time  

yeah hop on them pegs  
the mongoose bobsled  
and don’t forget the ball  
yeah we’d be outside  
until the sun would slide  
shooting ’til them big lights came on  
back when each day  
stood alone  
no future known  
shit to bemoan  
we were not yet grown  
enough to know  
there was  

no way to make our way  
back to those simple summer days  
and looking back it probably  
wasn’t great  
its nostalgic escape  
so I’ll make my way each day  
shake off this wistful haze  
cause there are blissful days  
to come, but when I’m numb  
nostalgia here I come  

well school’s out  
and I’m heading out  
no drivel for a while  
yeah if only church  
had a summer break  
I’da been sprinting down the aisle  
see when summer swung around  
up would sprout  
straight from the ground  
all these  
reasons to relax and smile  

yeah, least when I look back  
it seems like I’ve been took back  
to a time when all was ripe with  
promise and pride  
where hope, joy, and freedom, fun,  
and not to mention water guns  
were alive  
but there’s  

no way to make our way  
back to those simple summer days  
and looking back it probably  
wasn’t great  
it’s nostalgic escape  
so I’ll make my way each day  
shake off this crutch of wistful haze  
cuz blissful days  
abound, but when I doubt  
I’ll sing out loud  

from corner stores to porches  
on rainy days or scorchers  
bike riding through the streets  
or chasing girls, like ooh you gorgeous  
getting in trouble for the fun of it  
breaking rules, or just plain breaking shit  
no principles, we weren’t takin shit  
authority, ain’t having none of it  
religion was the obscenity  
vulgarity a necessity  
shit piss fuck cunt cocksucker motherfucker tits  
transgression was identity  
contented and free  
with peach fuzz goatees  
pass that nasty fifth of vodka to me  
to wash the smoke as I toke ’n choke on this weed  
yeah, we were as dumb as can be  
we experimented to get demented  
we were men then  
or just pretending to be  
all we intended to be  
tempted to see what we wanted to see  
now ain’t it funny how it works out  
how we wanna grow up ’til we do  
so before we grow up we look forward  
and now that we’re grown we look back like, damn  
what a beautiful view  
cause in lieu of the present we present  
ourselves with a present  
a carefree and cool adolescent  
christmas tree loaded with presents  
everything, anything free of the menace  
of growing old, never knowing cold,  
summer’s fixed when this story’s told  
and summer friends never have to go  
but summer ends, and we all know there’s  

no way to make our way  
back to those simple summer days  
and looking back it probably wasn’t that great  
it’s nostalgic escape  
but I’ll make my way each day  
shake off this wistful haze  
cause there are blissful days to come  
but when I’m numb  
nostalgia here I come

 

12. Creature   
Where the rivers run   
and the mossy ground is cold   
and the leaves turn red and gold   
where water runs down naked mountain tops   
to where trees are growing   
all unfolding as the spinning earth grows old   
There’s no cowardice in fall’s leaves’ tumbling retreat   
no bravery in spring’s vivacious repeat   
there’s life and progression   
towards light and expression   

a sudden spark of energy and light   
explosions unearthly bright   
the birth of a universe   
and from that single burst   
witness the blooming galaxies   
suspended in black cold   
and among the many molten spheres   
an infant earth grows old   
no evil to behold   
no goodness to console   

just life and progression   
towards light and expression   
but from it all, a creature with a question   
am I good enough   
is there any good at all     

take my hand   
it’s all need   
to break this thread   
these tired beliefs   
cuz we are love   
and bravery   
we’re everything   
this world can’t be   
yes, you’ve shown me   
that meaning comes from me