Lyrics


THE CLEARING
You can wash your hands of it
you’re almost to the Clearing


YOU AND I
You’re all held down
with your arrested mind
Still your stride is strong and fast
You’re running further than
anyone has
Your feet leave the Earth as you cry
‘cause you’re tryin’ to fly
Won‘t you tear a hole in the sky
Just to make a place for you and I
For you and I


WEDDING
Misty eyed on the day of our wedding
wondering if the other
feels the same
Taking our time
to feel alright
Your legs shakin’ in the mirror
and you’re...
As the waves crash the beaches
of your mind
And it’s all coming into view
that there is now another part
of you
And it’s all...
You’ve got shivers in your bones
from a long time ago
when your heart was wild
with your first taste of love
Misty eyed on the day of
our wedding


BIGGER PLANS
“I think that I’m wasting away...” 
you said
“I’ve got bigger plans than this.”
No one believed in you much
but didn’t shake you a bit
Your eyes were so much further out
You could see beyond the valley of
all that you once knew
You’d watch as the stars would
take you over the hills
to that new moon
Why’d you want to let it all
drag out
Your girl knew all your weaknesses
knew your lazy bones
that you’d try to get
up off the couch
on all those hot afternoons
She said,
“You aren’t gonna amount
to what you think.
Better stay under the covers,
better stay under the covers
with me.”
But I see beyond the hills
 and I keep seeing all the stars
They move far beyond this town
I just can’t stay in this town
And I see beyond the hills
and I keep seeing all the stars
They move far beyond this town
 I’ve got bigger plans than this
Oh your dad was a hard working
man, but he’s growing old
His hands just can’t do it like
 they used to
Now you’re feeling everything
is fallin’ on your shoulders now
Can you get up still my friend,
Can you get up still my friend
And I see beyond the hills
 and I keep seeing all the stars
They move far beyond this town
I just can’t stay in this town
And I see beyond the hills
and I keep seeing all the stars
They move far beyond this town
 I’ve got bigger plans than this
Got bigger plans than this
“Oh, my mom, she’d love it so
but I can’t
no I can’t stay near for too long
And I know that you’re scared
of the way that I go,
but I know I’ve got
bigger plans than this.”


DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES
There was an electric soul
you’ve since buried deep
Think someday you’ll get it back
if you could only get some sleep
Your hands have gotten calloused
the feel of subtlety is gone
But we’ve got something
just around the corner
oh it won’t be too long
I know you know it too
Don’t close your eyes yet
Our indulgences spilled out
into the streets at night
Nursing disappointment
of the working man’s plight
Keeping our sincerity
at arms length now
There seems to be
just too much noise
for our knees to bow
It’s just been so crazy,
the last few years
With what we’ve seen
so much has changed
And I know that you know it too
But don’t close your eyes yet
And we’re all so tired 
oh so tired of the fight
Failing our brothers
for the want in our lives
There’s a stranger in the mirror
the one you don’t recognize
Lost a good friend
in a head on collision
I just found out a few weeks back
And time keeps singing
its woeful song
just like nothing has changed
There’s still a peace
beyond our sleep
and a calm beyond our care
Oh Lord, won’t you help us
to get there
So don’t close your eyes yet
No, don’t close your eyes, yet


MORNING GLOW
This pride is the fall of a mangave chase ‘til the early morn
further down that dim lit garden
hid in the brambles of night
Was it all that you thought
the intrigue and allure
meets the idle tongue
watching all that you ever
cared to keep
In a life a dream would hold
from the waters still and cool
that you walked since but a child
Your mother lay cryin for another
but you already heard that
tomorrow was brighter than you
The sweet, sweet symphonies
rang in the dawn’s peaceful lull
in the morning’s glow
One foot after another, the
sunlight broke through the stone
I can see that memories fade
but why should we
As you’ve cleft your heart and
left it all
for a blanket of light that
covers the night
This pride is the fall of a man
gave chase ‘til the early morn


HALF IT ALL
Cordial as you were
You made a big scene
Talking at the stars
Tearing at your jeans
Nobody was numbed
and left alone but you
Covered in your own indiscretion
Why’d you talk
with an open heart
to someone that didn’t wanna hear
Weren’t you somebody’s
one and only
Weren’t you somebody’s
I could do better
Right on cue
with your deadened half
no one was around
Lift your chin and say
it’s gonna be alright
 Hey it’s gonna be okay
It’s gonna be alright
just wait a little
Weren’t you somebody’s
one and only
And weren’t you somewhere else
when you said, “I’m right here”
I can’t believe all of the words
that you said to me tonight
Cause I was once as lost as you
Step into the light
Just wait a little 
Won’t you wait a little
Why can’t you wait a little
Weren’t you somebody’s
one and only
And weren’t you somewhere else
when you said, “I’m right here” 
 
CIRCLES
Thoughts were heavy
almost shut off
Head was pointed eastward
only turned to cough
to spit out the years
that things went the way
that you’d want
and out of the blue
they turned on you
You know as deep as it goes
your words they are thin
as the circles you’re in
You know as deep as it goes
our hearts they don’t break
they just bend and they make
something new
There’s a dew in the morning
Oh ain’t there a wet on your cheek
Gives rise to the struggling
to the humble and meek
Well you turned your life sideways
just to help an old friend
and out of the blue
they turned on you
You know as deep as it goes
your words they are thin
as the circles you’re in
You know as deep as it goes
our hearts they don’t break
they just bend and they make
something new
Oh you know as deep as it goes
your words they are thin
oh they’re thin
as the circles you’re in
There’s a dew in the morning
Oh ain’t there a wet on your cheek
gives rise to the struggling
to the humble and meek


DDR
Woo - ooo  (Yeah!)


WINTER
Turning, turning yellow and red
as the colors all change
‘cause fall is approaching
As the gray descends
like a mother hen
covering the eggs of spring
While you’re wondering why
it takes so much time
to lift the veil
The sun, it melts away
the little bit of dark dismay
that winter brought
when all was fraught with pain
But as the wild rill flows
to the sea
it’ll carry me to the warm sand
of a distant land
It’ll carry me, you’ll see
Now that spring has come
the warm has just begun
the cool still in the air
to frighten all who care
The clutches of winter are
still there
But the summer sun
knows that every season
has its time
to claim what he has won
And as he comes in
like a welcome friend
you will let your winter cares
wash away
And I don’t think that any of it
stays
Like a winter’s day
Like the cold of a winter’s day


TRAVELIN' SONG
(If you find yourself with
someone and her hair wants
to be let down, why don’t you
get out on the floor,
take her out on the town)
If you’ve ever seen me
in my Oldsmobile
Driving faster than an old RV
Well then you just might say that
I’m on my way down...
Down to Mississippi
Oh and I’m through with
New Orleans
And I’ve been on the road a while
But I’ve got three states ahead
So I’ll call you, my little lady
If I’m not dead.
Well girl I’m going fast as I can
And Lord knows my eyes are tired
But I’ve got three states ahead
so I’ll call you in the morning
if I’m not dead.
 
WHEN IT RAINS
I don’t think that anyone
side by side and arm in arm
thinks of the holes in their heart
when their love won’t be apart
Oh...then it rains
Out the window the  wind fights
the cold discord of the light
You would watch for hours
unable with your powers
to change what remained
Oh...then it rains