LYRICS

 
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MOUNTAINEER

You went out in search of green
Mountain lakes calm and serene
Nature’s natural looking glass
To see what you could see

You left town on two left feet
Meandering through fields and hills
And I thought that I could lead you home
But water flows where it will
Water flows where it will

Some things I can never change
Like blood and minds and fingerprints
I hope that you come back to me
I hope that you come back again
Like blood and minds and fingerprints

You say you need the mountain air
To find your breath but you can’t see
That you’ve been breathing all along
Listen to the sound that it keeps
The only way to breathe is deeply

Some things I can never change
Like blood and minds and fingerprints
I hope that you come back to me
I hope that you come back again
Some things I can never change
The words that flew around our heads
I hope that you find what you need
I hope that you come back again
Like blood and minds and fingerprints
My love will never change

MACONDO

Is this your idea of fun watching the sun
Rise and fall until all
The colours bleed out into the night

I can never escape, never find the names anymore
What do you call these hand I can’t hold
Can’t save them from the cold
I’ve been here before

Well I remember when we were brand new
You were doing just fine
And I really looked, really tried to find you
But you’ve always been better at hiding
What you really want to say

We are always taking turns digging up words
Letter by letter, too close together
Then lie awake in the grave that we’ve made

You say that you’re leaving soon
There’s nothing left for you
But pushing on pull doors, singin’ your blues
And yellows and reds
Like the days going down
Down, down

Nobody knows which way to go
When they’re afraid of a dead end
Love doesn’t live miles down the road
She’s lying in your bed
Waiting in the arms of a song

I WANTED

I never wanted to be blue
But what else can I do
But sit here waiting for you
To let me down

I wanted to be rain
Falling on your face
Sinking through your bones
You’d catch me like a cold

The sky closed up thick enough to fall
But the clouds circled north and left me nothing at all

I never wanted to still
Be thirsty for the kill
But baby what I thrill
It is to beat this way

I wanted to be right But there’s darkness in the light
Like the sun breaking through
Spilling shadows across the room

I went walking alone and listened for the sound
Of the city through the noise I never fought to keep out
Never fought to keep out
I fought to keep it in

I never wanted to be blue
But what else can I do
But sit here waiting for you
To let me down

MAKE HER STAY

I was born in a storm of opportunity
And held on tight in line with all the other seeds
But how well can I speak when I’m tongue-tied to a dream
Well enough to give her a simple melody

Honey, I’ve been waiting a long long time
For you to come home and tell me everything’s alright
I’ve spent so many nights under this lonely little light
Where the prairies meet the hills as they roll on by

Her northern eyes were greener in her younger years
Like the first rain of spring falling on my ears
Now it pours for weeks of days until we’re drowning in her tears
And the water breaks right through her southern heart as she disappears

Have you seen the mountains and how they hold
The sky with their time-weathered faces of snow
I guess they’ve seen more than we’ll ever really know
I just hope they’re here long enough to watch us grow old

If I could cast a spell I would make her stay
Strong enough to take a lot of hell
And I swore I would never let things come to this
But here I am fighting to hold it all in
The familiar feeling of my head in my hands
I was born to love and I’ll love her ’til I’m gone with the wind

Honey, I’ve been waiting a long long time
For you to come home and tell me everything’s alright
I’ve spent so many nights under this lonely little light
Where the prairies meet the hills as they roll on by

NIGHT ROMANCER

What did you need when he left his mark
And asked if you had ever been
Afraid of the dark

Father’s daughter should have left an hour ago
Stay for another drink
How are you getting home?

Shadow dancer, night romancer
You thought you were alone
But you’ve got company

In the morning fog among the leaves
You’ll find emptiness where you were looking for peace
Then wonder to yourself as you fumble for your keys
What would happen if you just kept driving east

What did you do when he left his mark
And told you the reason
Why love tears you apart

Love tears you apart

THE KIND OF GOOD

I lost my love along the way
From our bedroom door to whatever place
I thought I was going
Then I found it on the floor
Of this hotel corridor

Smells like whiskey and perfume
Looks like tears soaked in the carpet
Sounds like I’m really missing you
I never know what I should do

Thought I thought I’d thought it through…
Think I’ll take a rest from colouring my blues

And finally get some sleep
To make a bit of room
So I can try to be
The kind of good I see
When I look at you

WHISKEY WALK

When I looked out you were there in your car
The song that was playing was heavy and low
Like the sound of your steps leading up to my door
I traced them back through the night

Take me home, hold me up
As we walk down the alley behind your house
If I could I would stay
But neither of us is any good at halfway

Love is rain and blood and as I lay bleeding
My heart turns to mud and messes up the reasons
Why we should try never again
Never again

Waited for you after the show
You said, why don’t we carry on
I hid my hands and replied quietly
I cannot be what you are hoping for

Take me home, hold me up
As we walk down the avenue to my house
Say you’ll go, say you’ll stay
I never once asked you to wait

Love is rain and blood and as I lay bleeding
My heart turns to mud and messes up the reasons
Why I ever stopped being fine with distance
You still burn me out but I still have my reasons
Why we should try never again
Never again, never again

YOU SHOULD BE SLEEPING

You won’t sleep until you stop
Hiding under impossible thoughts
Should have poured out your glass
If you wanted to keep your skeletons at home

On and on your words spill out
About the year you could have lived without
You will see come morning light
That the night before started in your veins

Don’t, don’t feel bad
You’re just not willing to let go of lost time yet

I thought you were rooted fine
Deeper than a bottle of wine
But people are just people still
And wisdom doesn’t always shake hands with time

You should be sleeping
Instead of telling me things you won’t say on your own

YOU DON’T KNOW HER

Was it a good simulation
Sharing a quarter of the moon
Waking & falling down beside her
Well you don't know her like I do
Her mind will change around the corner
Linger like gravel dust in June
Then settle long enough to forget
Where she is going from or to

No, you don't know her like I do
When the leaves lose their gold
Take up space in the folds of her sheets and her eyes
Don't like to open wide
But she'll read between the lines, cut & paste what she finds
Then ask the stars about what she should do
You don't know her like I do
You don't know her like I do

So you decided to take over
A place among her dresser drawers
A barren battlefield left behind
Only eleven months before
But when she says this time is different
She doesn't mean to tell you lies
She's just skipped the steps that take her through the woods
Selective memory can hide

But begging her to be alright alone is begging for a fight
I can't say what I would do to set her free from wanting you

You don't know her like I do