The OceanIt's not always naturethat does us in.Sometimes it's abstract thingsunder our skin.We say, "Where is she,lover I long for?Tell her I need her;then tell her I need her more."We simply crave love,and we can't get enough.We hold on so tight.We want to soak it upuntil we feel full,and we can be whole again;and forget who we wereback where we've been.It's never been easyto pull yourself back abovethe ocean we envythat claims to drown us in love.I wish that were the answer,then we could lay this to restby diving in headfirstand choosing to hold our breath.
The Road WestI had that dream again;the one with the wife and kids.I woke along the trail,bottled fire bruising my ribs.I lost at counting cardsso count me among the firstto dot this new terrainin drops of my failing worth.There's far too much sunand too much earth.It swims out west wherewe die of thirst.Our terrors come at night,silver tongues licking their lips.I woke covered in sweatand I knew that we won't live.I've lost my way, oh Lord.I don't know what I'm worth,but bleed this newborn sonto bless this haunted dirt.There's far too much sunand too much earth.It swims out west wherewe die of thirst.For want of freedomand destinyI gave my body andthe rest of me.
Steel CastlesI was a fragile youthclawing my way towards truth.Soaking in mystery,I questioned everything.I said, "There has to bea meaning for misery,a reason the days are long,a reason these nights feel wrong."Can I keep you?Can I hide you away?Will you leave me?Will you ever change?I sit in a big steel house,its windows a gaping mouth;a fortress atop the trees,a keeper of all I see.This life holds no mysteryor meaning. We build and breachthese castles that cannot keepus safe from ourselves.Can I flee you?Can I keep you away?Will you leave me?Will you let me change?Can I fight you,cynical man I've made?Will you leave me?Will you let me change?
Twenty YearsWe're icebergsdisguising as ships.We float along so aimlessly andcrash into this shit!I can't makethe things you create.You give and give and give and give andall I do is takewhat I wantand what I deserve.Our boys are yours. Our girl is yours. Anne,you've sure got some nerve!Nobody loves melike I do.I push everyone awayand find someone new.We're clean clotheslying on the floor.We love and leave and love and leave liketwo revolving doors!I should havethe praise and respectof everyone and everything thatI have ever met.Life is hard,but I carry on.You think what you want, but know this, Anne:I'm never alone.Nobody loves melike I do.I push everyone awayand find someone new.We're childrenhiding from a fight.We close our eyes and close our ears, butthere's no end in sight.I still loveall the things we made.Though they turn their backs and walk away,that will never changehow I feel.What a thing to know:Twenty years as a Godly man; Anne,you reap what
While You Are MineHe said:"I'm giving up, I'm dying alone;heart on my sleeve, arm cut to the bone.Reach out your hand and get pushed away.Life is lonely so why should I stay?She said:Life is lonely, you're right about that.We love 'til we can't and can't go back.We flicker, then shine, then disappear.Only you and I'll know we were here.So let's sing 'Lay Me Down'and admit we need this now.There's exactly enough timeleft in the sands while you are mine."He said:"There's a sadness that bubbles below.It's calling out to swallow me whole.Take my hand and I'll drag you back down;away from the light, under the ground."She said:"That's a darkness that you have to fight.It won't be easy, but it's what's right.You don't need my hands, but here they are.Take what you need to cover your scars.Then I'll sing 'Lay Me Down'because I know you need this now.Maybe it's not the right time,but I want you so I'll make you mine."She said:"I don't love you like I did before.I tried to fake it, b
Long RoadI'm burning every last bridge I never thought I'd need.They tethered me to people now suddenly set free.So roam around the country. Travel from place to place.Find a single voice that will match your single face.Spread your wings and go.With no one left to keep you safely from your big dreams,you can find your answers. You can learn how to breathe.I don't aim to chain you or force your lips to sing.I won't cage a free bird. You're not a mantle piece.Spread your wings and go.If you return we'll know...I know that it's scary so high above the ground,but to know how far you've come, Darling, you must look down.Trust yourself to stay strong and know you'll be okay.You can live for tomorrow and still enjoy today.So spread your wings and go.If you return we'll knowthat this was meant to be.So spread your wings and go.If you return we'll knowthat this was meant to be.It's always you and me;but I know it's a long road.
From His Old BranchesLoose words on loose leavesreveal the old meI don't want to be anymore.Burning down my bad luck,standing tall and unstuck,I'm gonna take on the world!I'm the flash birth of a new leaffrom the branches of his old tree.I'm gonna be fine.I won't stay anchored to my mistakesand grounded by an old heartbreak.She's gonna be mine.A Ship lost at sea,kicking and screaming;I don't want that metaphor.Swallowing that old pain,coughing up my old shame,I'm gonna conquer the world!These new lenses that I see throughhide all those old shades of untrue.Suddenly, I see change.A dark fractured glass reflectionshows the good man I've always been.Suddenly, I'm the same.I'm a sinnerand a savior.I'm the man of my dreams.I'm gonna be fine.I'm both the manand the mirror.And the man of her dreams.I'm gonna be fine.
Glass HousingAm I glass?Do I control the way that light should passthrough my appendages? A simple maskto keep all my insides in.When you ask,"Is this the real you?" I could draw a mapof all the little lies that I have spatin the faces of my friends.No, don't go.I don't know how to live here on my own.You are the enemy I've always knownand the crutch I hide within.I'm so cold.Keep up appearances; I'm in controlof my own destiny - or so I'm told.If that's a lie I'll pretendthat I'm free.I just need to recognize the real me.Past all my faults and all my falsitieslies a good man and his sins.Only human,I make mistakes but do the best I canto live this honest life an honest manletting all the best parts in.
MapsThis fool that keeps beating desperately needs to stopsending my feet wandering down paths I shouldn't walktowards figures in the distance seen as perfect silhouetteswho always seem to vanish more the closer that they getto me.I know I'd hold my breath forever if she would only ask.I'd hide nitrogen safe in my lungs until my face turns black.Maybe now it's finally time to set my backup plan in motion:I've been hiding maps in bottles, time to cast them in the ocean.Find me.Like a net spread wide to capture fish as they swim by,I'll wade into the waters of an extroverted life.No more nights spent dreaming of a girl I know by namewho doesn't know, or doesn't care, and doesn't feel the sameabout me.As I cling tightly to the raft on which I am adrift,I count my stars and sing these bars and call each breath a gift.I know this life is fleeting, full valleys and of crests -never one without the other. Knowing that I know how bestto save me.These metaphors and similes I lov