Did you forget yourself? Get yourself into it?
Thought you might have had a chance and blew it?
I shouldn’t have to be the one to tell you this…
But if you’re pinning all your hopes on another,
why not bite the curb, leave your brains in the gutter?
Well, I ain’t ever one to judge you, brother,
I tend to like my mind in the gutter too.

Seven hells to hold you, old Transgressor’s coming out.
So make peace with all your demons when you just don’t have the strength to cast ’em out.

I’ve got a problem and I can’t seem to fix it.
Midas touch of turning things to shit
I’m trying to learn to keep my curses to myself.
But now everyone I love has figured out what I do.
And so everyone I love is living out the same awful truth.

Hope, I tried to catch you with my broken fingers…
Hope, I tried to plant you in my garden so you’d grow
Then I wondered why you didn’t flourish, now I know…
Transgressor crushes all the things he can’t let go.

Darlin’, let me hold you, we’ll remember why we stay.
I’ll memorize the cadence of every word you say.
And gather up the dark clouds, line ‘em up and make ‘em sing
of all the better days that their subtle silver linings are bound to bring.



Stick your hands up, let 'em down.
Don’t we all feel so much smarter having played a part in this.
It’s a nice hat, it’s a crown.
Out of all the hats I wear it’s easily the heaviest.

I know that everything I build here will burn
Once you understand the problem you can learn how to be part of
it’s a lesson I’m unlikely to learn.
Now my veins are full of rust and it’s worse than I thought.

Keep it pent up, let it out.
I used to have opinions too, still probably have more than you do.
But if it’s free I like it less, but if it costs me flesh I like it best!
You want regrets? I’ve got a few.

I know that everything I build here will burn
But once you understand the problem you can learn how to be part of
it’s a lesson I’m unlikely to learn.
Now my veins are full of rust and it’s worse than we thought.

Oh I have been so afraid, down and out and planned to stay
in the gutter with my name just staring at the sun.
Count my blessings, what a waste, oh I have just begun to play.

Keep your hands up, what a show!
Don’t we all feel so much stronger
Having dealt a part of some extravagantly brutal crushing blow

I know that everything I build here will burn
Once you understand the problem you can learn how to be part of
it’s a lesson I’m unlikely to learn.
Now my veins are full of rust and it’s worse than I thought.

Now my heart is pumping dust but my body won’t stop.
My body won’t stop



Come a little closer tell me what you need it’s a mother of a deal
Got a pocket full of power, a promise up my sleeve and I know just how you feel
So gimme your hand, let me take you to the river, no one is around
Do you wanna see a trick, I can walk on water, I can show you how
But when I do, you gotta promise that you won’t go runnin’ for the hills,
So do you wanna know?

When I’m drowning in blood I keep swinging. When I’m down in the mud I keep singing
And I’m starting to feel so much better
This is how you play the game

I am the patron saint of making bad decisions, it’s been long enough to know
I got a penchant for the masochistic, prefer the taste of the pessimistic.
And I don’t think I’m ever gonna be the kinda man I wanted me to be
But I can scrap with the best of ‘em yeah, I can out bleed the rest of ‘em
And when I do, I really do I really do I really do
so I think I wanna go home
Yeah I do, yeah I do, I really do I really do
I think I wanna go home

When I’m drowning in blood I keep swinging.
With my hands full of mud, I keep slinging it.
I’m starting to feel so much better
This is how we play the game

Sunken eyes don’t radiate
The way they did in Ninety Eight
These tired songs don’t resonate
They never did much anyway
still, I feel them in my bones
and I thought that you might like to know that I still function

Sell yourself
Everything is gonna be much better now
Sell yourself
Everything you build could be much bigger now
So ring those bells
Just another pound of flesh might do it
Just sell yourself
Sell! Sell! Sell!



I looked across the room and saw a face shining in the dark
like a lighthouse, warning weary sailors of the rocks below,

And telling stories bigger than the Iliad or Odyssey.
I’ve got a feeling you’re my alpha and omega and my in between.

Yes I do really think that I could like you
Yeah, it’s true, that you don’t know me but I’d like you to spend some time
'cause I can’t get you off my mind

I heard that you’re a jew, is it a problem I’m a christian?
well I don’t give a damn, I’ve got a habit of abandoning traditions.
'cause I like the way you laugh, that I seem to make it happen,
if you want to know the truth, it was something that I needed.
I have been so depressed.

Yes I do really think that I could like you
Yeah, it’s true, that you don’t know me but I’d like you to spend some time
'cause I can’t get you off my mind



So I think by now I understand the problem
That this was not at all the life you wanted
If I’m not around, then how could I be any version of the man you need

You’re a single mom
And I’m always gone.

When I say I’m alone, I’m alone
(Screaming at the top of my lungs
Screaming at the top of my lungs)
I mean to say that, “We’re alone, we’re all alone”

Let me hear you sing it in a whisper
Let me know which words will draw you closer
I won’t make a sound if you don’t wanna
I’m just feeling old so if I let you down,
or when I let you down, could I be forgiven

So I tell myself I’ll be home before the morning
When I can right the wrongs my absence has been causing
I’ll be strong and kind. I will follow through.
I’ll do everything that she asked me to,
I will neutralize
I equalize

I'll be screaming at the top of my lungs
screaming at the top of my lungs

I’m so tired of practicing on stages.
Every empty bar a bad decision that I’m making.
I wish I was someone else,
I wish that you loved someone else.



Open up the cloud, let the flood come down and wash the earth. Carry all the dust and the dirt and the ash of what we were. And the wolves only come at night, but darlin’, you and I, we were made for the light. Open up the clouds, let the flood come down on me.

And I’ll say with all the confidence I have, if your feet are getting tired I can take you on my back, and we will carry one another as we march into the sun, saying darlin’ I will never get enough of your kindness, of your laughter, of your love.

I can hear the trees as they bend in the breeze and they call our names. Calling us forth, we were born from the earth in a golden age. And I walked all across this land looking for a love I could understand, looking for a price that a soul could pay and a blessed plot of land where our bodies lay with a stone put above our heads, it'll mark our place.

Say that we will always be this way: always moving, always shaking, always building, always breaking. I'm gonna love you ‘til the grave: I’ll make songs of all the things we said, build a monument in the place we met, teach the cynics what it means to be in love.



Call it what you want. Is it a golden age, or just everybody seeing what they want?
Oh, it’s hard to say. Yeah I was thinking maybe I was born to be a smaller flame.
Might light the path of fewer men but keeps the fear at bay.
Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid.

I once had my hands on a heart that beat, with every breath I’d breathe, so consistently.
Now I have got my hands on a heart that bleeds, I got a heart that leaks, so uncontrollably

I know you’re probably tired of all the jokes I tell. I know you’ve heard ’em all a million
times, and they don’t age well. If you wanna know the truth, sometimes I tire of them
myself. If you wanna know the truth, I fear I dried the well when I could not be someone
else. And now to pay for all my sins, I’ll never make you laugh again.

I’m begging you to know me, I’m begging you to figure me out.
Are you brave enough to love me? Are you smart enough to have your doubts?
I’m begging you to know me, but I’m always wishing I was someone else.
Can you make an honest man of the kind of liar that deludes himself?
I’m begging you to know me, I’m begging you to figure me out.
And when the panic motivates me, are you strong enough to hold me down?
Are you strong enough to hold me down?

Because I heard the devil say my name out loud, and now he’s never gonna let me out.



I guess I should be a little stronger than I am, a little stronger like I promised I’d
be, now I know what doesn’t kill you makes you weak.
And I wish I could be a little smarter than I am, a little quicker than I was the last time,
now it seems the ground is frozen to my feet.

I could make this work, I can make this happen, if I wanted to...If I wanted to.
I can make this work, I can make it happen, if I wanted to...If I wanted to.

I can’t sleep, if you’re not laying next to me...

Sing a sweeter song. Sing a song of love and faith, sing a song of courage and devotion,
sing it 'til we all remember how it feels.
Celebration songs are filling up our houses, I will love the earth again, I will
know my name again, I will find my place again.

And I could make this work, I can make this happen, if I wanted to...If I wanted to.
I could wake this up, my little sleeping dragon, If I wanted to…if I wanted to..

But I can’t sleep, if you’re not laying next to me.
It’s incomplete. There’s plenty quiet, never peace.
So sing it out! Like angels perched on steady shoulders.
And cast them down! Those devils of our lesser natures.



Remember when I lived in Tennessee
And you came to visit slept next to me
We shared a wooden bed not meant for two
And I told you I loved you and I still do

But I’m tired of talking let’s go to bed
Cause I just need to get out of my head
I been trying to keep our burdens light
I just wasn’t made for these times

I‘ll stay as long as long as you will have me
And I’ll follow if you want to lead
And I’ll share the load that gets so heavy
Wherever you take me, home I will be

I think that maybe I lost myself
On a year of trying to be someone else
Now I'm scared and sad and feeling stuck
but I ain't ever gonna give you up

Wherever you take me, home I will be



It was the summer
when I met my lover
We were much younger
I guess we all were

I knew then
Like I know now
That our lives would be
Intertwined somehow

It was the only thing I knew
She would be my hope my truth

Curse the skin that we were born in
Shrug it off
We will set the world on fire
and watch it burn
All I need is time and patience oh my love
We will make these four walls sacred
Parthenon Parthenon Oh Parthenon

All I need is time and patience oh my love
We will make these four walls sacred
Curse the skin that we were born in
Shrug it off
We will set the world on fire
Watch it burn
Watch it burn
Watch it burn

I all I need is time and patience
We will make these four walls sacred
Parthenon Parthenon Oh Parthenon



Crowd's thinning out, our friends are going home, and I’d love if you’d be the one
to make a move, but I know you won’t. There’s something you do, does something to me….
I made up my mind, when I saw you there. If I get a chance I will whisper the truth where no one can hear. 'Cause there's something you do, that does something to me. For once in my life, I know what I want.

And I’m tired of waiting for you to finally see. At the end of the day, 'til the end of
our days, you belong with me.
I lost all the blood in my head to my heart, and I'd give up anything else that I want, in spite of the friends that don't see what we've got, you came to me.

I’m tired of waiting for you to finally see. At the end of the day, 'til the end of
our days, you belong with me.


ALONE IN THE DARK (Vinyl version bonus track)

You and me at the rocket park, you and me at the El Lugar, you and me at the Opry Land, and you and me reaching out our hands

Alone in the dark

All our friends got the cynic's touch. All our friends think they know so much. None of them ever been in love, so all our friends they can all get fucked.

Alone in the dark

Sing a love song with the words wrong, make it last a while. I'll take the blue skies with the black nights. It's you and me all year long, and I think that we belong.

Driving fast better get there soon. It's you and me at the ICU. One of us is going home alone, and one of us into the unknown. Well I don't want to go. I don't want to go.


You Are Destroyer (Vinyl version bonus track)YOU ARE DESTROYER (Vinyl version bonus track)

You’ve had a long kind of year, had the wrong kind of year, you’re finally tired
enough to know fear, and you pretend to have some kind of hope, but you know
that you don’t. You’re just beating a horse that can’t run.

You should be thankful now. You should be thankful.

You really thought you would be showing up on TV. Changing lives every time that you speak.
Do you believe every lie that you tell, can you live with yourself?
You are destroyer of all that you love.

You should be thankful now. You should be thankful.

If you learned your lesson and escaped with your life,
If you were selfish and petty but you’ve still got your wife.

You should be thankful now. You should be thankful.

If you found the bottom of a bottomless well, but you can still feel the sunlight and you can still hear the bells. So if songs still mend broken hearts, and carry their weight to the top. If you've still got some air in your lungs, and you can sing with your mouth full of blood, 'cause you never know when to give up. You never know when to give up.




The river's wide, that I could not swim across it, so I convinced myself I'd walked upon the waves, but I don't want to waste my life.I wanted to feel as saved as they do, but the more I live, the harder to believe that their god above knows the first thing about love or goes along with every rule they make up.  I don't want to waste my life, thinking about the afterlife.



Lover, won't you stay with me until the boatman comes for me and kindly carries me across the sea?  May our legends live to tell how we burnt down Heaven and conquered Hell.  But you and I should live forever, because you and I know how to live. 

It's you and me.  Our love is bigger than 'most everything.  It stretched out further than our eyes could see when you gave your heart to me completely.

Oh, everybody knows what it looks like to be in love.  Even the boatman knows it's so but he still has to do his job.  I know it's tough, I know it sucks.

So lover won't you stay with me, til the boatman comes...

Because I don't care about the past or future, when this existence is probably all we have.  And so the lives we make are all that matter, so let's live to love and love to live.



So you say you've got a peace about it? Well, I propose you could live without it, because we'd all love to invent the mystery, and we'd all love to deny the history, but love leads me on, lets me say what I think; That we all belong to the earth and the sea.  You say the truth sets us free?  Sounds good to me!

Open up the pit!  He swallows or spits, and I swallowed that shit for so long.  Now what should I think of faith?  It ain't noble or brave, and I don't need to be saved or chosen.  Love leads me on, lets me say what I think: That we all belong to the earth and the sea.  You say the truth sets us free?  Well, it calls to me and it offers no empty promises, because there's probably nothing more than this: "Just today."

So can you see that we are all where we belong?



Daughter, I once thought that I had angels in my room.  They were sleeping on my fan while I was dreaming of you.  And daughter, I once had such desire to believe that our lives had been planned out by an unseen deity, but you don't have to waste your time holding on to beautiful lies.

Daughter, I once knew that everything that I believed was good, and fair, and true, and consistent with my needs.  But daughter, I am wrong almost as often as I'm right.  So daughter, just be strong enough to make up your own mind, because you don't have to waste your time, holding on to beautiful lies.



I'm on my best behavior and trying to avoid an early grave, but despite my best intentions, I'm bound to disappoint you either way.  So do you love me?  Can you love me?  Because I think I will always be this way and I think I will always be afraid. 

Love me with no reservations and I promise I'll be good.  You are my salvation, so let's pretend there's angels singing, "Here's to you and healthy living! Take it easy."  We make it easy.  And I think that it's never gonna change, and I think we will always be this way.



I tried a million times to understand it, and I thought I did.  But at the bottom of this there is a panic, and I bought right in.  But the problem with me and the problem with you is that we're all just so scared to die.  But I know my time is coming.

So let's bow our heads....for something, pray that god is on our side.  But the pagan and the pious, they all sound the same, "Oh my god!  Oh my god!"  The problem with me and the problem with you, is that we're all just so scared to die.  But I know my time is coming, I can't keep my time from coming.



Oh little baby, you are fragile and weak, so I will hold you til you fall asleep.  I look inside you and I see myself.  I will love you, I will try and be strong, though, my bones are aching and my days are long.  You'll look inside me and you'll see yourself, as I look inside you and I see myself.

And one day you will look me straight in my eyes and judge me for the things I've been in your life.  I hope you love me when you know me well, because I look inside you and I see myself.



Long, long ago (back when the ocean was our home), we crawled out of the sea, so eager to breathe.  We looked to the sky, and to the limits of our minds, to understand why all things die, and how we came to be.  Thought we knew all we'd need. 

But it's time to get off our knees and offer our hands up to the earth.  And it's time, to find where we belong and see what it's worth. 

Don't lay me down, I don't ever want to die.  I've had too good a time, I really like it here.  But all those prophets promised me, that if I could just believe, eternal life and peace would be waiting for me.  But when I go, there will probably be no angels singing, no harps ringing, no pearly gates, nor devil's flames, just nothing nothing nothing nothing.  Wouldn't it be grand to take some comfort in those same holy texts that pacify my friends?  Well, it wouldn't change the fact that all we know is we come and we go.  So it goes, so it goes, so it goes.

Don't let me go, I'm not prepared.  I'm so damned scared that I'm almost there.



The river's wide, that I could not swim across it, so I convinced myself I'd walked up on the waves.  The river's wide, that I could not swim across it, so I told everyone I'd walked up on the waves.

But I lied, and I knew I'd lied, but I did everything I did to soothe the family pride and I just don't think I can keep it up now.  Because I've never heard Jesus speak to me (not in any way that I'd consider speaking) but I bowed my head just the same.  Though, I did find some tears when they played that song, but for the four right chords I will play along, I have always been that way.  It doesn't matter what the lyrics say.

Into stronger arms we run, with a thorn in our side and the devil's inside.  So who are we running from?  Into stranger arms we run.  Such a thorn in our side, when the devil's implied.  Oh what have we done?

So I tried and I tried to achieve belief.  Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I've been feeling fine (In fact, often better than fine.)  Though, now both my shoulders have started hurting from walking around under such a burden, to reconcile everything that we learn with everything that we were taught.  But with all we know now, how can you say "Oh you've just got to take it all on faith" and "Don't think too much.  Just hush and pray, exactly as we've always done."

Hey god! Now I've got a baby girl.  What am I supposed to tell her about you?  Because her life shouldn't have to be like mine.  She shouldn't have to waste her time on waiting on you, because you never do come through.

Sometimes I can't believe the things those preachers have the nerve to say to me, but maybe the things that I'd have to say to them are really just as bad.  Because the only times I ever thought of suicide, I was waiting on the lord to direct my life, saying "give me one word and I'll put down the knife and I'll never pick it up again."  But luckily I held out long enough to see that everybody really makes their own destiny.  It's a beautiful thing.  It's just you and me, exactly where we belong, and there's nothing inherently wrong with us.



I was screaming out your name.  I guess you never heard me, but I was screaming it for years, and I think I deserve a reason for why you've been so elusive.  Now I've been thinking about my life and I can't believe that I have wasted so much time trying to be what everyone loves, the prodigal son returning.  Oh, what a sight, the prodigal son returning. 

If Jesus Christ ever reached down and touched my life, he certainly left no sign to let me know he had.  And I wouldn't mind that he couldn't find the time, it's just that now my heart longs for things that probably don't exist.  But now I think I see this for what it is.

Oh my soul!  Oh, my soul is tired, but I've got an itch to scratch, I've got a stone to throw, and I want to sink my teeth into your hollow bones.  I've got a bone to pick, and I want to pick it clean!  Oh, the prodigal son and his shameful disbelief.

I want something better.  I want something real.  And this is the part where my exit starts, because I caught a glimpse of the father's heart.  Do we want something we can't have?  So come on, friends, count up your sins:  one for being human, two for being born like this.  This isn't love.  We're not in love.  If you wanted love, you just should've spoken up.



I had a life of the spirit, now I've got a hang up on death.  But I know what I want, I want a taste of the flesh.  I looked at you and I saw it.  I saw the light in your eyes and it filled up the room, it settled and grew.  

I'm completely yours. 

I tried to make myself perfect.  I tried to make myself strong.  And I walked in straight lines, hands by my sides.  But you were the top of the mountain that I couldn't see from below, but I climbed towards the light, taking my time.



We filled a book with what Jesus said, so we could all disagree on what he meant to say.  Do you know better than me?  Well, if there's a chance the divine exists, I hope it can cure my soul of all of my sins, of all the things I did because I believed the myth.

I'll make a deal with Jesus Christ, speak just one word I can hear, prove your alive, and I'll believe you're here.  Well, I may as well just admit the truth.  I have rejected holier spirits than you, it's no big deal, halelujah.  And you could exist without it, because it stands to reason that if there's not a god to comfort you, then there's not a god to punish you.

Hey kids, tell them what you really think.  Think it over.  This is your life, don't ignore it.  This could be your only chance to repent so get of your knees and adore it, the responsibility of empathy.  We are all where we belong.



Time is on our side because it moves slow.  We search through the shadows of our souls to try and tame the demons we control, and searching for a god we'll never know, when everybody's probably going to be alright.



God was hanging out where ever god does his hanging out, when he looked down at us through the clouds and said "What have I done?!  I didn't mean to be so abstract, so elusive, you see.  But I don't see why you should believe that you needed me, because you all belong to the earth that I placed you on.  So lift up your heads, don't worry about death, you're all gonna be just fine." 

Halelujah!  We allbelong to the earth that we sprang up from.  So lift up your heads, don't worry about death, we're all gonna be just fine.


Songs For Staying In (2010) 

How Do You Do It?

You belong to me, and that's that (no need for explaining).
And I belong to you, and I've got nothing to complain about.
I just want to see your smile in the morning. I just want to wake up next to you, love. Because you are the one, you know you're my only one.
And I don't know what I would do if I didn't have you. Oh, I'd probably die. I can't seem to take care of myself.
You're a part of me (the best part of me, darlin').
You're a part of me, so I try to be good.
How do you do it? You're always on top...of everything.
Oh, come to me. Oh, you never leave my head, so let's never leave the bed.
At least, not for a while.

Things You Already Know

The sun will be gold and the skies will be blue, when you're holding me, and I'm holding you. We'll pace ourselves until the sun steps over the hill.
Because nothing's as good when you're not around and I go quietly out of my mind. Oh, I come undone. When the sun steps over the hill...
I'm only saying things you already know. So close to perfect from your head to your toes, and I'm in love with you, body and soul. You know I am.
You can be sure, I'll make you believe, I am all of a man that you'll need. I've got what it takes, and my bones don't break.
I'm gonna love you for the rest of my days. I carved a place out in my heart where you'll stay, and I will always keep you happy and safe. You know I will. And when the sun steps over the hill...
When the sun goes down and the lights go off, well, you and I will frame up the scene. There we'll be slightly pornographic, but life is always better when you’re fairly obscene. So when the sun goes down and the lights go off, well, you and I will frame up the scene to be completely pornographic b/c life is always better when you're fairly obscene, and I'm gonna love you til I die.

Hold My Head Above the Water

Do you want to know me forever?
I do, I do.
Do you want to love me forever?
I do, I do.
Will you hold my head above the water when it's rising so fast?
I've never known any other that could make me feel so blessed.

Jezebel or 'A Song about My Friend about That Whore He Dated'

Jezebel, I can hear you moaning in my head. As I toss and turn, you do the same thing in some new lovers bed, while I'm wishing I was dead. Did the heart that was so soft just turn to lead?
It might be wrong, but I'm leaving. I'm gonna find me a wife, and it ain't hard to believe in love in a city of lights. It won't take long, because I'm leaving, I'm leaving tonight.Time will tell if I'm gonna make it through this little Hell, my prison cell. The walls all seem to shrink and swell, in the apt. where I fell and screamed "Oh god, don't let me rot here by myself!"
And after all that I gave you, you still want to be something a little less respectable. After all that I gave you, you still want to be so far away, so far away from me. Come back to me.

If You Want

Lift my head out of my hands, and I'm begging you to say, "Would you please take me home with you?" I shutter to think of all the horrible things I could be if I'd never have held you.And if you want, we can go out tonight and be alone. And if you want, we can stay in tonight, be at home, let the whole wide world just worry about its own. It's you and me.
I'm sure I'll give you plenty of reasons to leave but you won't. No, you won't leave me hanging. We spring from and return to the earth but in between, you will always belong to me.
It's you and me, a nation of two. Let's do what we please, let's love what we do.

The Biblical Sense of the Word

When the morning comes, we will wake, and the sun will kiss your beautiful face.
And if you want to know the truth, I can say "You are my favorite part of every day."
Oh, love ain't so tough, you will see. Just open up your arms to me, and don't make no vow you can't keep, and I'll lay my pride down at your feet.
Because neither the heavens nor the earth can equal what you're worth. I know you.
I would fall apart if I didn't have your heart. I know you would too.
We make our lives worth living when we love each other. Yeah, we can move the mountains with our love.
You whisper you love me in my ear. When you tell me you love me, suddenly, I'm not scared. You've got me right where you want me and I will stay here, because when you tell me you love me, suddenly, I'm not scared.
We make our lives worth living when we love each other.


Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon (2009)

A Nation of Two

 I made an expedition through a country that's not my own, crossed the mountains and swam the river, and found I was still alone.  And I came across the desert trying to make life a metaphor, but there was no one there to share my wisdom with, so I moved along.

I thought, "If you really want to love somebody, it will cost you more than you have.  I can guarantee you that."

So I turned to education, and sought understanding of human kind.  Stood on the shoulders of prudent giants, just trying to glimpse the light.  But the shadow is overwhelming, it buries good men beneath the sand, so I reached out for a savior and I found her hand.

If you really want to love somebody, it will cost you more than you have.  I can guarantee you that it's worth every bit.  I can guarantee you that!

I can guarantee that there's nothing in this life that has ever felt so right. And there's nothing in this world except you and me.  And there's no one in this life quite like the two of us.  And there's no one in this world quite like the two of us.


It's Better To Spend Money Like There's No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like There's No Money

Take what you need but you better need all you take, because there's fire in the mountain, there's a ghost in the lake.  So when the devil comes calling, you'd better send him away, son.

Get your ambitions all squared in your head, when you start feeling anxious you get out of your bed, because if your heart's full of dancing, you'd better dance til you're dead.

You better stop and smell the roses.  You better love the life you live, and you'd better take note of when it's killing you, because we all end up at the cemetery.

So make way for the modern Adonis in me, as he screams to the clouds, "Oh when will I be complete?!?" But he can't stomach pity; he coughs it up on your sleeve.  So get to the city as fast as you can and find you a good woman to hold your dirty hands, because all the whores that you've had; they'll never make you a man.


Our Sun Is Always Rising

Well, I'll hold my breath when I take your hand to try and make the moment expand and wrap my head around the epic truth, that there is nothing I can do, I'll always be in love with you.

Though they say a man must be an island, it didn't take me long to realize that, my lady, you are like the ocean and the obvious is true, there is no me if there's no you.

Lord, I'm on borrowed time (the story of my life). Yeah, we're gonna make it work.  Yeah, we're gonna make it last for a while.

I know it happens all the time but it's our thing that we're doing.  Just like the sun is going to rise up, our love keeps it moving.


Seal My Fate

Seal my fate with a photograph, that our kids will look back on and laugh and they won't believe that we ever were young.  But right now I've got bags underneath my eyes, and it looks like they mean to stay this time because I've been tired since the second that I woke up.

I'm so out of it, but I know that I'll get used to it, because everybody does.

So come on, come on!  The sun is up now, and we want it all.

Lately I've been so terrified of everything that I plan to try, and as I carve my name deep into the earth I wonder why I do all the things I do when I just want to hang around with you.  I can hold you up and I won't let you down.


The Beginning of Everything at the End of the World

I am part of this social idea that there should be even ground for the oil man and trash man.

And we would be content.  There will be food on the table and we will love our neighbors.  Yeah, we will trust our neighbors.

It's a point of view with few contradictions that everyone I know is some sort of politician with all our bleeding hearts, with all our good intentions.  It never makes a difference.  Well, it rarely makes a difference.

Oh Lord, I love you so, but you've been misrepresented.  Although, your flock does grow under these false pretenses.  It leaves me feeling cold.  It leaves me feeling faithless because our scars both new and old, they never seem to shame us.


Red & Gold

By morning time, the sunlight will unfold and turn everything below it red and gold. 

And maybe I won't wake up feeling so old.  By evening time, sky's all blue and cold.

Time don't matter now.  I'm on my way out.

Take your time discussing all your needs, because every road will end up at the sea. 

So you can spend your days on your hands and knees, by evening time, I hope you've found some peace.


My New Year's Resolution Is To Cope With My Mortality

Salute my sisters; salute my brothers, out on the front line for the politics of others.  Lord, bring them home (with their ammunitions full).  Lord, bring them home.

Because when it's over, I'm not looking for rebirth.  Just dress my bones up and lay them in the earth.  I need the rest.  Oh lord, I need the rest.

And I'm just waiting for the bells to start a' tolling, across the river where the water's overflowing.

Maybe the angels need to carry me in, kicking and screaming and clinging to my skin.

And maybe life is like the autumn trees, and I'm just one of many very mortal leaves.  Just praying to the fates that we survive the freeze.

But there's at least a hundred reasons why I should go to heaven when I die, so I'll just sit and patiently await my time.

Oh, I can hear it, the song of huddled masses, singing and yearning for better social classes.  I don't know anything about it so I let it go.

Because when it's over I'm not looking for rebirth.  Just dress my bones up and lay them in the earth.  I need the rest.  Oh lord, I need the rest.

Because no one really can explain the rest; what's gonna happen to us after death.  Can it really be the same for everybody?  And no one really can predict the rest; what's gonna happen to us after death.  Can it really be the same for everybody?


Congratulations, Seth & Kara

Sit me down and say you're having a baby.  You caught me off of my guard.  Like the time you smashed my thumb with a hammer and then Dad came running through the yard.

But you were so kind even though none of your friends ever were.

You had faith that even I could one day be made whole and I know it's a pain how I can act like I know everything.

But you carried me up, when the mountains were steep, and you kept me afloat when the waters were deep. 

So I'll do what I can to be the brother you need.  Thank you, Seth, for being a brother to me.

You and I could read the scriptures daily and we'd still probably never agree.  You say Joshua was a mighty leader, well, he's still an asshole to me.

And our lives, they keep us all apart til the holidays.  So I've come to realize that having such a tender heart, it's a curse as much as it's a blessing, right?  Am I right?


Golden (Like the State)

The second that you came around, I knew that we would work because we were golden (like southern California).

All my life, I've waited for a love that could not be ignored in good conscience, a love I could ascend to.  So let's never let our day jobs get us down. 

Sometimes we stay in bed as long as our schedules will allow it, and I don't really see the problem with it.

Throw your hands up and throw all your inhibitions out.  I don't really see the problem with it.  Just stay cool.

I've been working hard, you see.  I dirtied my hands on the necks of old identities, all the things I used to be.  Because love is like the angry sea and I've been drowned and baptized (it's the same to me, when they pull you underneath). 

Sometimes we stay in bed as long as our schedules will allow it, and I don't really see the problem with it.

My heart exploded and now it's like there's love and blood all over the floor.

Because the days can feel so long, when you're out there on your own.  But pretty soon I'll be coming home, so just try and do your best to stay cool.


Well, The Truth Is...

We are cool and cold, we have everything we could need or want, and we want everything.

And we don't care if we're cold. 

We are old and new, we have been refined.  We have held our tongues for the longest time.  We are cold.

When the sun burns out I will light myself, and show everyone how bright I burn.

So hit them with everything that you have.  Let them all go tumbling, tumbling.  Oh, I always knew that you were something else.  When will you turn around?

The truth is that everybody that I love may or may not be happy soon but I wouldn't waste my time on loving someone else, if you don't love yourself.


On Husbands and Wives

I'm tired but I won't be sleeping.  Stay in with me for the evening.  We are something I believe in.  Now, if I can just never let you down.  I can hear our wedding bells ringing almost a year after the thing.  I still hear the stereo playing loud, "Oh, Yoko" as we walked out.

And when you're holding me tight, we both realize that we are just getting warmed up.  Here, it's just me and you, our nation of two.  Because love is less what you say and more what you do and who you spend the rest of your life with.  I'm gonna spend mine with you.

Oh, lover, hear me call when I'm drowning in the 9 to 5 of this town.  We're all just working to live but only you can comfort me.


How to Fake Like You Are Nice and Caring

Well, hear me out.  Everybody's young once.  And we throw our hopes around, they never mean much.  I wasn't thinking!  My power was so powerful and new.  So I'll chalk this up to all the stupid things that I've done, and all the stupid things that I'll do. 

Do you lie awake, and worry about the future?  Because you're just as safe as you ever were.  We're running out of time.  We're marching on but we are not alive.

I'll see you at the top of the mountain, waiting for the flood to change us.

I wish you'd climb down off your cross and burn it.  If it's not doing any good then we could use the wood that it provides us. (That you denied us.)

Wash those dirty hands!  What if the lord decides to let us go?!?

Is it such a sin to want to save our skin from the mess we've made...that we made in faith?  Or was it arrogance?  Oh, what's the difference?  Can anybody tell the sick from the well?  If you're throwing in with these greedy men that pull all the strings and ruin everything... Well, who wants to live forever in these dying lands with these dirty hands?


On Modern Men

So lift your hands up from your sides, rinse them both off with your pride, and let the world see what we're not.  Because we have carved out our desires, and placed them in the hands of liars that will forget you when they want.

They want you to take a bow.  Everybody here's allowed one.  So make it good, son.

And let there be no sacred lands.  With one final song and dance, let our clean hands know the earth.  We'll build a culture, brave and strong, we won't rely on anyone, and all our souls will know their worth.

Pave the way, we are modern men, and we have fought to exist.  We have crawled from the water to the dry land, and our hands are the dirtiest.

But I'm alive and the sun is shining in!  Oh, I have fought to exist.  I have crawled from the water to the dry land, and my hands are the dirtiest.

I'm alive and the sun is shining in! Oh, my belly has been filled.  I have seen everything a body can see, and my hands are the dirtiest.


Congratulations, April & Lucas

I'm gonna count my blessings.  I'm gonna count my sacred things, like the baby I caught smiling at me, or how my lady loves me effortlessly.  Oh, there must be a god, somewhere in the universe.  May be looking after me.  Yeah, he may be smiling down on me. Hallelujah.


Shine Honesty (2006)


How Many Times Do You Want To Be In Love?

You're heartstrings all came undone when she left you out in the sun.  Well, what did you think it would feel like to be in love?

You're heartaches have served you well.  If you're anxious, I just can't tell.  Well, how many times did you want to be in love?



There must be something wrong, if all the people on the streets are all confessing your conceit, but you won't.
Your tongue was forked and long, and it got you feeling strong, but all the apologies I made I should've taken to the grave and been done.  So take your bottle off the shelf and try and drink until it helps (but it won't).
Won't you please just lay me down in the old familiar ground?
Won't you please just lay me down?
And certain men may love, and certain men may love the fight, and they'll break their bodies
But life is what you make, so write these words above my grave, "They took me for granted."
Because life is what you make it.
Because love is what you've made it, and I made it my friend!

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History

I wanted to say that I had a dead man on my back yesterday, but I cut him loose.

Because there's so much at stake, when you try to live life half awake. I made my mistakes, but I cut them loose, and I'm trying to hold on to hope.
I happened upon a girl with a love too big for her heart, so she rented it out to the boys who needed her quick.  Then when she was old she thought that she felt death in her soul.  Her heart had grown cold from all the nights that it spent alone, trying to hold on to hope...
...To hold on to hope, that this wouldn't be quite what she needs.  She felt so alive under the sheets.
But I won't condemn you.  You know I won't judge you.  I won't condemn you, love.  We're going to make some good of this.


Tie Your Monster Down

I'm gonna buy a house for everyone I love, and we'll all reside above the empty streets.
And I'm gonna dig a grave for everyone I hate, when their lives get in my way.
Won't you please give me something to calm my weary mind, because I did not have the time to work it out
There are angels in my bedroom, they've been sleeping on my fan.  They say, "Sweet Taylor, lift your eyes up and understand that, the world, it keeps on moving at an uncompromising pace,
so keep the spring under your step and keep the sunlight on your face."
You've got to raise your voice sometimes to get things done, but I'm not the monster here.
You've got to break some legs sometimes to get things done, but I'm not the monster here.

You've got to make time to break bones, you're never gonna calm me down!
And if you want to put me away, you're gonna need a miracle!


...Then Came A Sudden Validation

Oh, my love, don't you know a better time is here?
We've got to hold on to it.
So hold me close and promise you'll never let me go.
You've got a hold on to me.
If I'm over worked; love me when I'm overweight
We've to to hold on to this.
I can hear the church bells ring as everything falls into its place.
So hold on!
Time will kiss away the scars that mark our feet from running in place for so long. Hold on!
And if someone turned the light off on the city streets, would your heart know how to find me? Could it guide your feet?
And if the day should come when we can find no peace, we'll just keep begging to be baptized in the sunlight.


I Was Humming A New Song To Myself

And I guess I could say that the winds of change are blowing, because signs have started showing up at my door.  So distribute my love to all you think deserve it, and keep a little for yourself.  But love, don't let me down.
Wouldn't you love to be what they wanted?  And wouldn't you love to be what they needed?
But honey, you know that you don't let me down.
I've been down so many times that I don't mind it.  I've seen the light so many times that I don't like it.  Can you feel the darkness chase away the sunshine?  If the sun won't shine on me, I'll be okay, and I feel fine.


The Emasculated Man & The City That Swallowed Him
I think I really like this city.  It's got everything I need: big tall buildings that I can hide beneath.  Mom, I know you've got your worries.  Dad, I know you've got your doubts.  But I think I've finally got my whole life figured out.
Now that we're all aboard, and our plans have been set in motion, I'll be unsinkable, I'll be riding on top of the ocean.  Never mind the signs that say "We're gonna hve to pay for this someday."
Heard it said that love is all you need, and you know I'd love to believe that, because if it ain't true, then Lennon lied to me.  But I think I loved him for it, because it's the best philosophy.
He might have known something that I don't know


Love Is A Shotgun

Love me when I'm complex, tolerate me when I'm not.  Love will be the shotgun that we'll fire to scare them off.
I know that we ain't got much, but darling, it's enough.  I pray that our friends will up and disappear, all the time.
Heal my heart if it's broken, lift me up when it weighs me down.  Love will levitate me, serve, and save me, and pull me out from the snares of a pointless life and to the arms of a loving wife
I pray that our lives are gonna settle down, all the time.
There's a light in your eyes that says I don't need anything but your smile and some rest.  And it's the way that your hand fits in mine: like two puzzle pieces, so perfectly designed.  And if you hold on to me like I hold on to you, I know we're gonna be alright.


So Gracefully

Watching my days go by; I'm sitting here without you & I think that I may be aging all too rapidly.  You might not recognize me soon.
How I'd love to be in your arms, relaxed under the trees of the rocket park.  The skies are blue and Texas surrounds you so gracefully.
How many times did I look at you and wish that you were mine?  I need you now to hold my hand and whisper softly, and tell me I'm your man.



Long ago, the grass was green, the hills were capped with snow.  But life wasn't better there, so I proposed, that you and me were meant for something more.
Now tell me if you think I'm wasting time on chasing some dolled up dream that will leave me jaded.  Well, I'd trade my skin to be young again
And I'd bow out...
But I don't know what you want from me, you take it all.
And I would give my eyes to see you brood of vipers get whats coming to you. (edited album version) But everything they say is habit, and everything they make is bullshit (original/live version)
Now tell me if you think I'm wasting time on chasing some dolled up dream that will leave me jaded.  Well, I'd trade my skin to be young again and I'd bow out graciously, but now the Good Lord's waiting at the gates with affirmation of my demons.  I would trade my skin for a little innocence and I'll carve out my name with my bare hands

Part II

...And the sun is shining on me again.


We Change Lives

I've been asleep for days and your love compelled my heart to wake.
Now life is so full and sweet.  You're my doll, you make my life complete.
So we'll do everything right, and tuck the kids in at night.  We'll be happy 'til we die.
All that we need we'll have; all the luxuries, the treasures, all the pleasures and the fads will surely fit into the plan of a cheap gold ring, and a cheap gold band.
And the money is safe in the bank, with the cars in the driveway, the bills are all paid.
The kids off to colleges (they grow up so fast), but love always lasts.
 On my death bed.  You're beside me, like it should be at the end of my journey.
Heaven outstretched its perfect arms to me. Earth beneath me and time behind me.
Heaven outstretched its perfect arms to me.  Hell below me, and angels singing "Hallelujah"
'Oh, come back to me...'


When You Pass Through The Waters

I have walked these hills and down in the valley below, and the river took my sins away (the river made me whole).  So I'll climb these mountains and I'll run through the garden, with a crown of diamond resting on my head.