Lyrics

 

HIRAETH (EP)

“UPSIDE”

the calm is quite divine to an oh so busy mind that’s never still / but the blood and dirt and rain are moving like a wayward train along the hill/ and the power of the landslide is ever mighty strong / but it’s hard to see the upside when you’ve been down so long / let it take me there / a thousand miles of vacant air between us now/ and here alone i lay / and i’d take her any way that she’d allow / and i wonder where does all the grace hide / i need to find my own / but it’s hard to see the upside when you’ve been down so long / oh the power of the landslide is ever mighty strong / and it’s hard to see the upside when you’ve been down so long / tell me where does all the grace hide / i’ve gotta find my own / but it’s hard to see the upside when you’ve been down so long ///

“QUITE LIKE YOU”

speak your bleeding heart help me understand / i’d do the same if i weren’t the way i am / but i’m gonna love you madly until my life is through / nothing’s ever shaken me quite like you / quite like you / i found you long ago in a haunted town / where the phantom people use each other to talk about / and there between the darkened lies i knew that it’d never be / until beneath a darkened sky you felt every part of me / i’ve felt the hurricane and the fallout too / but nothing’s ever shaken me quite like you / the earth is breaking up and i’m falling through / but nothing’s ever shaken me quite like you / speak your bleeding heart help me understand / i’d do the same if i weren’t the way i am / but i’m gonna love you madly until my life is through / nothing’s ever shaken me quite like you / i’ve felt the hurricane and the fallout too / but nothing’s ever shaken me quite like you / the earth is breaking up and i’m falling through / for nothing’s ever shaken me quite like you ///

“THE MESS I’M IN”

what is it now about the winter time that’s always had it’s way / and has to feed upon the decency of what we made that day / but instead of losing myself in wondering where you’ve been / i’ll be picking up the pieces / waiting for you to make a mess again / i hear them now / unwholesome thoughts are dancing inside my head / with two left feet / how are you now crashes into who’s inside your bed / but instead of killing myself and wondering where you’ve been / i’ll be picking up the pieces / waiting for you to make a mess again / i miss your voice / the way it bends the air and makes it feel like home / it haunts me now / but i wouldn’t dare dream of asking it to go / so instead of / hanging my head because of the mess i’m in / i’ll be picking up the pieces / waiting for you to make a mess again ///

EL DORADO

“HILLS OF HOLMBY”

a penny for your thoughts / i’m sorry i can’t offer more / a cup of coffee in this town is about all i can afford / so i stay inside and gather up what little pride that can be found / and yes i’m well aware that when you die money ain’t shit / but i’m alive and while that’s true i’m out to find some more of it / so that when she comes / i might have some extra funds to take her out / and i’ll pretend to shine like the headlights in the night / crawling down the hilltops of holmby / treat you like a queen / live a mile outside my means / not worrying about what may befall me / a penny for your thoughts / i’m sure that you expected more / after all you saw my moving pictures all those years before / but that was just a dream / a friendly ghost that doesn’t seem to know it’s place / and yes i’m well aware that when you die it’s who you love / that carries on past all this petty nonsense that i’m speaking of / but i’m still in repair and it’s a big old wold out there for me to taste / and i’ll pretend to shine like the headlights in the night / crawling down the hilltops of holmby / treat you like a queen / live a mile outside my means / not worrying about what may befall me ///

“GREEN-EYED BEAST”

on the tv screen is a creepy scene / there’s a man who looks a bit like me looking right at me / and further more quite a troubadour / got a song ‘bout a river that’s bigger than the castles of london / he seems quite proud and barely blinking / must be something to be the talk of the town / your mind’s too loud i can hear you thinking / the truth is that i’ve got a hard time turning it down / oh my my mother mary sang of the green-eyed beast and the numbers game that’ll break your knees and leave you limping alone / but the jealousy creeps up on me like the walking dead on an empty street / in a city that really couldn’t feel much further from home / well i feel much more than i did before / love, hate, paranoia and a sense that i’m getting older / older and bitter / and further more there’s a carnivore called envy and it’s hiding in the pages of a magazine / this whole damn race is over-laced / and all strung out on promises made in the round / the walls are high and out of place / the truth is that i’ve got a hard time tearing them down / oh my my mother mary sang of the green-eyed beast and the numbers game that’ll break your knees and leave you limping alone / but the jealousy creeps up on me like the walking dead on an empty street / in a city that really couldn’t feel much further from home ///

“I’M NOT LISTENING”

i heard that call from the golden city / it isn’t far and it isn’t pretty and it cuts me down to the floor again / though i hear that’s good for you now and then / i took my spade and left this town / dug my grave into honest ground / and the creatures here got a lot to say / about the ones they loved that got away / so i tell my tale about you babe / and they tell me set her free / and the tell me let her go / but i’m not listening, no / i heard his name on the television / it ain’t the same one you’ve been kissing but it cuts me down to the floor again / though i hear that’s good for you now and then / i took my spade and left this town / dug my grave into honest ground / and the creatures here got a lot to say / about the ones they loved that got away / so i tell my tale about you babe / and they tell me set her free / and the tell me let her go / but i’m not listening, no ///

“EL DORADO”

the coloring of the world around is bette seen when the lights are down / and there’s a haze in the atmosphere but he’s a fine navigator here / and she’s aware wouldn’t dare have him turn away / but honey now do allow me the chance to say / that i’m only getting half of you and that’s a lonely place to be / he said i’m sorry / that’ll have to do cos it’s the only way for me / to turn water into wine for them to swallow / and burn hotter than the fires of el dorado / and so it is that his hunger sways / between the muse and the love he makes / and though it’s warm in the heart of this / to his home he’s an arsonist / i don’t need you to bleed for me to stay / but honey now do allow me the chance to say / that i’m only getting half of you and that’s a lonely place to be / he said i’m sorry / that’ll have to do cos it’s the only way for me / to turn water into wine for them to swallow / and burn hotter than the fires of el dorado / the silver lining’s hiding deeper down / so speak your mind i’m only here for now / she said i’m only getting half of you and that’s a lonely place to be / he said i’m sorry / that’ll have to do cos it’s the only way for me / turn water into wine for them to swallow / and burn hotter than the fires of el dorado ///

“LIKE THE MOVIES”

i figured by now that you’d found another / who will walk you to the promenade / who ain’t that funny but he dresses nice / and never has you thinking twice / about how much you’re on his mind / i figured by now that you’d found another / who at least would help to pass the time / and that you did or so you said / and in your room he laid his head / about where i used to lay mine / i’m in a cave with only candlelight / but what the hell did i think it’d be like / maybe like the movies / but really just the end / when he meets her right back / where it all began / that used to be a big field / but now it’s hard and dry / for people who need healing / just like you and i / it’s funny how i fight to keep you closer / knowing all too well just what that means / there’s so much there to see and hear / to duck and dodge and hope and fear / my god have we learned anything / i’m coming home but only for the night / but what the hell did we think it’d be like / maybe like the movies / but really just the end / when he meets her right back / where it all began / that used to be a big field / but now it’s hard and dry / for people who need healing / just like you and i ///

“OUT HERE”

hear that ringing all around / the changing winds are singing out again / and though it burns i feel somehow / i’ll find you in the end / i came out here in search of something / hiding in the disarray / and lord i know it ain’t for nothing / apollo guide my way / my spirit’s high and so am i / the weather’s nice and i’m doing fine my dear / but the peace i feel when you’re around / is something that i haven’t found out here / i haven’t found out here / if a wish to me were given / i’d want my head and heart to be / lovers with the strength and willing / to carry me / my spirit’s high and so am i / the weather’s nice and i’m doing fine my dear / but the peace i feel when you’re around / is something that i haven’t found out here / i haven’t found out here / the calm i feel when you are near / is something that i haven’t found out here / the peace i feel when you are near / is something that i haven’t found out here / but my spirit’s high and so am i / the weather’s nice and i’m doing fine my dear / but the peace i feel when you’re around / is something that i haven’t found out here / i haven’t found out here ///

“UP NORTH”

hey now go ahead and take your time / and i promise you that i’ll take mine / drive to the corner of fifth and main / with a moon rock baby and go insane / i’ll clench my teeth and fall in love / with whoever i happen to be in front of / when the day burns out the night is mine / until the lady up north pollutes my mind / and now all of the people they look like you / but don’t look at me the way you do / or the way you did i should say / and i lose my grip and i’m on my way / hey is there anybody there with you / i hope it isn’t so but i hope so too / it’s contradictions of this kind / that help put the reason inside my rhyme / i clench my fist and have one more / like i did last night and the night before / when the day burns out and all is mine / until the lady up north pollutes my mind / and now all of the people they smile like you / but don’t smile at me the way you do / or the way you did i should say / and i lose my grip and i’m on my way ///

“100 MILLION YEARS”

for the rest of us it’s all the same / wandering a road without a name / guided by these ideas that we hold / slaving for what is left behind / for a sort of prideful peace of mind / that you carry like a suit of gold / but hey that doesn’t mean it’s all / for nothing if you find / nothing is how it seems / hey why don’t we have a ball / and raise our glasses high / to the new regime / heavy is the passing of the time / when a legacy is on the line / then again who really gives a damn / one hundred million years from now / every word we fought to speak aloud / will be lost among the fall of man / but hey that doesn’t mean it’s all / for nothing if you find / nothing is how it seems / hey why don’t we have a ball / and raise our glasses high / to the new regime / tell me what will we speak of / one hundred million years from now / tell me who will we speak of / one hundred million years from now / but hey that doesn’t mean it’s all / for nothing if you find / nothing is how it seems / hey why don’t we have a ball / and raise our glasses high / to the new regime ///