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1. SS Palo Alto

 

Has it really been two years

Since I've set my anchors down

Has it taken all of those two years

To set my feet on solid ground

The star that was guiding burn and died, happenstance, this coast i'd find.

 

The waves that wrap around the bow,

are your hands over my ears

The water peeling back the bow

are your hands over my ears

Drowning that ticking talk, that flooding noise wedged between my gears

 

I heard stories of your power

and I've seen the aftermath

I've retold all those stories of your power

Sailed the exhale of your wrath

You made grown trees your debris, you made rivers out of rocky paths

 

It’s a blink between the tears

How those treasured moments pass

It's the tears between the laughs

Good God, pain never last

It takes a waves that breaks your heart to feel a true love rushing back.

 

Has it really been two years

Since I've set my anchors down

Has it taken all of those two years

To set my feet on solid ground

Captain prayed for me drought, seconds before this sailor drowned.

 

Let me tell you something, dear

Here on the eve of 28,

I'm gonna tell you something, my dear

If a stubborn heart could have its way

I'd lasso down that guiding star, let it burn, and take us far us away.

 

2. Matchbox

 

I couldn’t hear you; a loose truth in the wind

I’d never catch you floating by on a whim

I couldn’t see you through all the smoke

I’ve been at the bitter end of a heart that you broke

 

Your love is a thunderstorm but you are the calm

Holding tight, the wick to keep you warm.

It’s bound to burst your palm

 

I’ve never once won, at your double-dealing games

I’ve never doubted what you thought and what you said were the same

I never caught on, I never caught on to your underhanded jokes

I saw them look the other way, a crab clenched to their coats

 

Your love’s a delicate coup; a castle of cards

When you’ve got a joker and a short fuse, it’ll fall flat to the start.

 

I’ve been watching you; how you savor something good

But it grows stale over years of always waiting longer than you should

I tried to find you; you’d been gone for so long

Found something I never knew, it was me you were hiding from

 

Your love is a mountaintop and your crown is the sun

Reaching higher atop a matchbox,

it’ll burn your soul if you run.

 

You were hoping an angel’s haunt, but you got the ghost’s

Set a fire to what your heart wants;

dust off what you need most

 

3. Honey-Less Bee

 

You cut your thumb, and missed the whole ride up,

were the last to get your grub.

Swimming in a crowd, a song of fading love drowning them out.

 

You’ll grab my shoulder when you’ve had enough,

when the day’s parades catch up to you,

but for now you ate it up.

 

Have you no hive, Have you no queen

A honey-less bee

Such a simple curiosity

And not an ounce of what you thought you’d need

And you found everything.

 

 

Heavy eyed and tousle haired

We wend our way outside of town,

chasing damp and static air

One by one, coyotes howl,

the canyon grabs our shouts and stretches them out.

 

We echo higher now above the ground,

just tiny specks forever falling down,

but oh how big we felt.

 

Have you no hive, Have you no queen

A honey-less bee

such a simple curiosity

and not an ounce of what you thought you’d need

and you found everything.

 

The first thing to go’s the need for answers that we needn’t know

then it’s what your hands hold

 

Truth will be as patient as she needs to be

Her whisper is loud, but only when you’re listening.

 

Have you no hive, Have you no queen

A honey-less bee

such a simple curiosity

and not an ounce of what you thought you’d need

and you found everything.


 

4. Rigmarole

 

 

 

 

Yes I know the world is small,

and we’ve reduced it to fit inside the trenches of our palms.

Can you read it, what does it say, what does my future hold?

If it weren’t a code that couldn’t be broke, is that something you’d like to know?

 

What is it then that you’re asking for,

if not to be seen as something better than how you see yourself,

to cast a light upon that shadow that’s been casting doubts,

to mask your hand around their mouths,

and say something yourself.

 

You’ll trade all your time

(So little we hold)

For a barrel of lies

Like the crabs as you reach for the edge of the rim, they’ll pull you down

 

The solace you found

(It’s fools gold)

The king and his crown

Much too deluged with the weight of the jewels and the power they hold

They’ll pull you down.

 

The older we grow, more rigmarole

Ripples of loathe, we’re losing control

A gamble of soul, for a bottomless hole

Soon all we will know, is rigmarole

 

You’ll trade all your time

So little we hold

For a barrel of lies

Like crabs as you reach for the edge of the rim, they’ll pull you down

 

The solace you found

It’s fools gold

The king and his crown

Much too deluged with the weight of the jewels and the power they hold

They’ll pull you down.

 

5. Little brother

 

Always think about what you're singing, honey,

what your mind is brewin, what your heart is holding,

and where your feet are running

After where they've been, coals they’ve walked through,

what's a little fire gonna do?

 

It's following you

All alone

But for that stone that you’ve got stuck in your shoe

 

The time that we steal

Kick up the dirt

Each second burns just like the thread on your wheel

 

Retrace the trail, seldom used, past the breaks,

Wipe the dust off flowers never bloomed

Replace the pain of 32, you're as strong as you are honest,

and that truth is slowly killing you

 

It's following you

All alone

But for that stone that you got stuck in your shoe

 

The time that we steal

Kick up the dirt

Each second turns just like the spokes on your wheel

 

Tethered waves, September moon

Thoughts that dwell on top of thoughts on top of thoughts

You've got the wrong idea, belief is not what we choose.

It's a shadow cast, eroding stone, it’s an undertow, it's like loving you.

 

It's following you

All alone

But for that stone that you got stuck in your shoe

 

The time that we steal

Kick up the dirt

Each minute burns each turn inside of that wheel

 

It's following you

Little brother

Watch you jump, Oh man, he's jumping too

 

 

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6. Lost Boy

 

Groans of the cranes, totems for today, moving up, moving up

Soon all we'll have to remember is the rambling of our elders,

And the pictures that we've cropped.

 

Were just nails and screws, building anew

A hired hand shakes the crooked man’s,

And now he’s building you.

 

It grows higher what you feed, a wildfire that we breathe.

With hands more dirty than are clean;

I feel just like a lost boy.

 

Air was free, now it’s cheap, in a world with no trees, and you no means.

Bated breath blows soil like dust from your fingertips.

Soon it won’t be a dream.

 

It grows higher what you feed, a wildfire that we breath,

with hands more dirty than are clean,

I feel just like a lost boy.

 

Hear the echoes nestle into one,

we found the warmth that was stored for us from the sun,

collect its power, and what we can’t tote,

we’ll devour with the last of our hopes.

 

With the last of our hopes, that was the last of our hopes.

 

It grows higher what you feed, a wildfire that we breath,

with hands more dirty than are clean,

I feel just like a lost boy.


 

7. I Will Be Here

 

I stare, it was only a couple of seconds that you were there

But i swear, it felt like you were sleeping for a year

I hear the rustle of the world i was left in

Outside the turbines spin, overcast and wind

 

The branches brush against the roof

Their arms will creak and ached

Their shadows reach across your room

And their fingers paint your name

Spinning past the record groove

Digging deeper inside of you

 

And that sound will resonate

The static renders your escape

 

Your heart sinks

Past me

Beating

I will be here

 

Hands tied

Lost time,

It’s fleeting

I will be here

 

When we’ve drunk the last of our sun

I hope the breeze that tears us off will settle us upon a stream

We’ll stop only when we must

We’ll be exactly where we are, right where we are supposed to be

And mother tree will hum her song until her final leaf

 

And that sound will resonate

The static renders your escape

 

Your heart sinks

Past me

Beating

I will be here

 

Hands tied

Lost time,

It’s fleeting

I will be here

 

Leave me

Dreaming

With each breath

I will be here.

 

I stare, it was only a couple of seconds that you were there

But i swear, it felt like you were sleeping for a year

From here I watch you wake, stretch out your arms and legs

Outside the engines die, and blue skies break


 

8. In the Shade

 

The illusion is the cup,

if there’s room we’re gonna think it's not enough.

Delusions’ what we use to fill it up,

we dilute it and consume,

only getting a sip of the truth.

 

Limb by limb, we get tossed into the fire,

You’re striped of your loot, all that cash growing on you.

And inch by inch those walls are getting higher

Throwing stones into the water

skip by skip

 

Interpretation fits snug on your feet,

If the sun were our sins we’d block it out with the raise of our hand,

but we’re not saved, we’re just fools in the shade.

 

Limb by limb, we get tossed into the fire,

Plucked of your fruit, cut from the roots growing under you

And inch by inch those walls are getting higher

Throwing stones into the water

skip by skip

 

I’m a castaway all alone on my own little island,

growing old collecting all of the diamonds,

when it’s time to be saved,

I’m sure to sink with the weight

 

Another day and then another till you’re ready,

retrace your footsteps back, their getting heavy,

and now look at all that time that you waste.

 

Limb by limb, we get tossed into the fire,

You’re striped of your loot, all that cash growing on you.

And inch by inch those walls are getting higher

Throwing stones into the water

skip by skip


 

9. Patience, kid

 

Load your soul in that wagon, opaque with age.

You retrofit metal stallion. No hints on your face.

After all of those miles you’ve trekked

Showing only the smallest of cracks,

 

 

 

 

 

still that rust collects.

 

So far so good, hell, you’re still alive

Your virtue’s not your grace, but your will to survive

Spun up in a cloud of dust, in a fleeting final thrust,

Infant stars surrounding us.

 

Drive til dawn

Spinning wheels will dig

So far gone

All of those pieces you hid

But just keep on

There’s grace, no matter what you did

 

Just be patient, kid.

 

Anointing oil and sacred imbibe

Corner pew for your coffee, same bar stool in your dive.

Routine in measured feet, insanity repeats,

A lost soul in every seat.

 

Drive til dawn

Get your fill then you're gone again

Your sad song

The only station you get

But just keep on

There’s truth inside the suffering

 

Just be patient kid.


 

10. Shiver Home

 

There’s comfort in your doubt

a gust of wind could knock you down

It shakes when it blows,

shivers through your brittle bones.

 

I’ve withered away from my home

to sail your breeze,

a lonesome leaf.

 

Woke up on a trail we trudge uphill “a little further”,

I would tell you, then came the rain.

The earth then tore apart and water rushed into its heart,

we washed our feet

and threw that rock back from where it came

 

I’ll fall to the depths of your sea,

till I hit home,

a sinking stone

 

It would be ok to say that all I have is you.