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LYRICS

THE SOIL AND THE HAMMERING BEAT (2022)

1. PROPOSAL
 

Can you drive a little while
To a place, we might see stars
Pass that light, hang a right
If we move now, we might stay in time

 

Let me lie in your shell
Watch you wait for it to break
I know you are scared
And I can’t explain myself well
But no one else
Knows me this well


It’s not what you wanted
It’s not how you planned it
But we knew it was coming

 

Can you stop, up ahead
In that shop, a man is selling dreams
Can you please talk now
I’ve said too much
I hope that I
haven’t taken this too far

 

It’s not what you wanted
It’s not how you planned it
But we knew that it was coming
Now we can never be losing

We’ve lost it all so we’re falling
The light is alright in the forest
We forgave but now we own them
They can’t walk upon us again

BELLS FELL SILENT (2020)

1. WHEN WE HIT LAND


We woke a little late

The clouds had rolled away

We hadn’t heard about the storm
The mightiest of hands had left a roar

You said: The best I’ve slept in weeks

I’m glad we went to bed in peace

I said: It was a terrible fight,

I’m not sure that we’ll survive another one

You and the drama, she said
There’s no need to go there again
If we can sleep like this

We might live to see another one

It was the day that we hit land

The storm had teared the roof down
Although we didn’t know it yet

The flood had come to take it all away

2. BACKLIGHT

Stay some time
Why would you go away
Right here in the backlight
A black glow on your shoulder


You came back
Only to see
You weren’t gone at all
We’d been looking at the same door


In that door frame
It came to be seen
Diamonds would weigh us down

We were always lightweight


What’s here now
Is all there will be
Here in the backlight
We will start in plain sight

3. THEY HAD ME BELIEVING

If I had anything to go on
I would go with you
If I had anything to count on

I would count on you


If the fire was beyond me
If the fire wasn’t true
If I had anything to lose here

I swear I won’t lose you


What made matters worse was

They told me about you
I kept counting them days and

Waiting for it to be true


But it was nothing
It was only words
They had me believe

that I stood a chance but
You wouldn’t come back

You wouldn’t come back

I was just looking
At the wrong someone

4. COME WITH ME


You’re stronger than you seem
And I have reason to believe
You’re gonna be the beam
That will cut through everything I leave


I cant say who you will become

But who you are is already more

Than I could have hoped for
So come with me


Take it upon yourself
To be no one other than yourself

Lighten up the night
With small steps you will curve time


I can’t know who you want me to be

But who I am is the best I’ve tried to be

So come with me


Believe it when I say
Everything is in your hands

Believe it when I say
The world is doing the best it can


And that world is yours
Now you spin it around
Love is yours
But you must give in to hope

 

So come with me
So come with me

So come with me

5. BIG NIGHT WON

I have not come to see the end of kindness

Stand on a beach with a sinking fleet

I will not drink from the speechwriter’s inkwell

I’m not free if my words are sold

 

Big night won

Big night won

Big night won

Big night won

 

It scrolls up and down

paints a hateful message

Hang them high

We won’t reach them again

Our screens are the face

Of one ugly beast

With fingers greased we’re obsolete

 

Big night won

Big night won

Big night won

Big night won

 

Who’s left outside won’t get in

Who stayed inside will never get out

I won’t forget you when you forget me

I will question you when you answer to me

 

Big night won

Big night won

Big night won

Big night won

6. DON’T LEAVE ME IN THE MUD
 

Your body moves down the stream River runs in my mind
Nothing here to hold its force
No one here to guard the gate
I hope it stays, the image of the two of us with toothbrushes

Although that one is something I’m still afraid to talk about
 

You’ll be sailing off to another land
 

You’re gonna build something there

I don’t want to get left behind

Don’t leave me in the mud
 

If nothing else is gonna give
The tide may never rise again
I hope you come and shut me up
I hope you steer me pass these rocks

I hope you come and shut me up
I hope you steer me pass these rocks

 

If nothing else, we’ll give in

I can give you a final rise
If no one’s gonna give in
I can give you a final rise
If nothing else, we’ll give in

I can give you a final rise
If no one’s gonna give in
I can give you a final rise

7. THE RETURN


Somewhere I

Lost my bearings

I had no clue who

I had turned into
 

It took me some years

To find out
I wasn’t going
To be anyone else

 

Every street I walked
Every fight I lost
Now I’m coming back for me

I’m coming back for me
Every bird I heard
Singing my life’s words
Now I’m coming back for me

I’m coming back for me
 

Wishful friend
and my darling foe
They had me taking
the pill that made you nothing
Feeding off a feed
That feeds from that mighty feed

Is that all there is
Is that all there is


Every street I walked

Every fight I lost
I’m coming back for me

I’m coming back for me


Every bird I heard
Singing my life’s words
Now I’m coming back for me

I’m coming back for me


I used to raise my hand

Saying this is not the end

Now I’m coming back for me

I’m coming back for me
Every song I bring
Are all honest mistakes

I’m coming back for me

I’m coming back for me

 

8. NEW YEAR


Come and walk me closer

Now that time is looking down

Before it’s here
You made it all matter
If you cannot move
Then stay where you are
And if I cannot explain

Something that’s already shown

In my face
Please just shut me up
You don’t have to care about us

Anymore


This is the last day
Of the year
And another will come along
It doesn’t have no meaning
It’s just the way we count the days

Before we are gone
 

Fade before it’s gone
They will know what we want

My love
Let’s make it all count
Let’s make it count
And roll along
Roll along

 

And if you help me carry
All these words up to the hill

We’ll have a fire
There’s nothing here to keep

No diary to read
I’ll make no claim
We’re just passing through like sound

We bounce from wall to wall
No one left behind
So let’s make up
Let’s make out

We’re gonna be fine
 

Fade before it’s gone
They will know what we want

My love
Let’s make it all count
Let’s make it count
And roll along
Roll along
We’re gonna rise to a new year


 

9. BLEEDING INTO YOU

 

It’s a moment of truth
I’m bleeding into you

Something’s gonna kill us

Let’s be born every day

 

My dreams are less in numbers

But they linger on much longer

There’s a draft in my heart
You pulled your part

 

This is where I belong

With a story to my song

Words can only love me

If I turn them into melody
My dreams are less in numbers

But they linger on much longer

There’s a draft in my heart
You pulled your part

 

And I’ll fight until my head hangs

Soft against my chest
My eyes are finally open
My heart still bleeding
 

10. NOT OURS TO KEEP

 

Keep hearing sounds

You discovered

Every whisper has a power

 

But it wasn’t mine

Wasn’t yours

Wasn’t theirs to keep

Blame the loss on me

 

As a child I read Tom Sawyer

He loved an outcast
 

Claimed a river

 

But he wasn’t mine

Wasn’t yours

Wasn’t theirs to keep

Yet he left a world in me

 

Every place has a story

But don’t expect them

To be told again

 

They were never mine

Never yours

Never theirs to keep

The loss left them free