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Blue Skies and Broken Arrows
February 2015

lyrics_tile_smallLive Through You
I’ve lived through a root canal
I’ve lived through a spinal tap
I’ve lived through a heart attack
And I can live through you

I made it through my summer job
I made it through public school
I made it through state school
And I can live through you

Yeah, I may be stumbling
And yeah, I’m a little drunk
And yes I let my friends fill my head with junk
And yes, I’ve seen some sorrow
And I’ve seen some sin
And I’ve seen my blood enough to wonder what could do me in

I’ve talked to a Democrat
I’ve talked to a Republican
I’ll never do that again
But I can live through you

I’ve lived in small towns
And I’ve lived the city life
The subtle trauma of suburban strife
And I can live through you

I made it through gym class
I made it through the school dance
Neither gave me half a chance
But I can live through you

Yeah, I may be stumbling
And yeah, I’m a little drunk
And yes I let my friends fill my head with junk
And yes, I’ve seen some sorrow
And I’ve seen some sin
And I’ve seen my blood enough to wonder what could do me in

I made it through my first kiss
And I’ve caught some cold fish
I might have a death wish
But I can live through you
I can live through you
I can live through you

lyrics_tile_smallBlue Skies and Broken Arrows
Blue skies and broken arrows
I can’t convince you that nothing is wrong
You feel like it’s all coming at you
And you’re asking me which side I’m on
And it breaks my heart to hear you wonder
Because I’ve been here all along

I dance like I’m drunk when I’m sober
And it makes me want to keep my feet flat on the ground
Then I wake up and it’s over
Man, I never know quite what to do with myself

I could make better use of these hands
If I gave myself half the chance
And you could stand to lose some of the bruises you’ve been raising

Because there ain’t no murder like suicide

So maybe we’re not as tender
As we both complain to be
But outside the snow is melting on the pavement
And there’s somewhere else where we should be

I could make better use of these hands
If I gave myself half the chance
And you could stand to lose some of the bruises you’ve been raising

Because there ain’t no murder like suicide
There ain’t no murder like suicide
There ain’t no murder like suicide

lyrics_tile_smallShe Makes Me Want To Believe
I never believed much in heaven
I never heard the church bells
I never talked much to Jesus
Never had much to tell

But she makes me want, want to believe
Believe in hell

Together we loved with one heart
Together, the happiest of bands
Then together we fell apart
When I found her together with some man

And she makes me want, want to believe
Believe in hell

The saints and their faith and religion
Offer no comfort or grace
I want no acts of contrition
Just an eternally burning resting place

Maybe I could pray for forgiveness
And try to pretend all is well
But she makes me want, want to believe
Believe in hell.

lyrics_tile_smallHello, Moon
It’s too nice a night to sleep
Though my back is a wreck and my body needs rest
There’s just something about a night like this
Keeps me up against my better will
At the kitchen table listening
To the wind and the leaves on the sidewalk
A lot on my mind but nobody to talk to, so

Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight
Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight

Every stoplight is staying green, least until I pass it
Everyone’s gone to sleep and the world is mine
The air is sweet, my lungs grab it up
Past the bedtime for the streetsweeps
And the world is kind
And the world is kind

I’m king of this town when there’s no one around
On the court steps I address my subjects
Insomniacs and passing cabs
And the ghost of a daytime witness

Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight
Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight
Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight
Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight

It’s too nice a night to sleep
Though my back is a wreck and my body needs rest
There’s just something about a night like this
Keeps me up against my better will
At my kitchen table listening
To the wind and the leaves on the sidewalk
A lot on my mind but nobody to talk to, so

Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight
Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight
Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight
Hello, moon, it’s just me and you tonight
Hello, moon, tonight
Hello, moon, tonight
Hello, moon, tonight

lyrics_tile_smallBruises
When the iron gates groaned shut he knew he wouldn’t see his brother anymore
His mother had refused to come
Last time he’d seen her, she’d been sitting at the kitchen table
She pulled at the corner of her house dress and stirred her coffee in a cracked porcelain cup
She said to go on without her, she said she had some thinking to do
And he went off to meet his brother alone

It was only a few bruises, they would have gone away
Now everything’s been broken in the ground where his father’d been laid

He got back into his Duster, stared at the grey stone walls
Beyond the wrought iron gates, there was nothing but blue shirts and cold
He remember his brother’d said, “No regrets, no regrets,”
Before they took him away. He’d looked back over his shoulder, he almost seemed to smile,
As he said, “Make sure mom is okay.”

It was only a few bruises, they would have gone away
Now everything’s been broken in the ground where his father’d been laid

He took a long last look before he drove off
Went back to his mother’s house, found the door unlocked
The deed lay on the table left in his name
He went back to the kitchen, sat down, and let the silence out
Let the silence out
Let the silence out

It was only a few bruises, they would have gone away
Now everything’s been broken in the ground where his father’d been laid
It was only a few bruises
It was only a few bruises
It was only a few bruises.

lyrics_tile_smallI Hate Love
I hate love
What has love ever done for me?
I hate love
Oh, hate set me free
I hate love, love, love, love
But I still love you baby

Somebody says you gotta serve someone,
I got nothing left to give
Somebody says you gotta love someone
Yeah, well, my heart’s a sieve
And it’s taken me to some places that I never want to see again
And I think I’m better off without it

I hate love
What has love ever done for me?
I hate love
Oh, hate set me free
I hate love, love, love, love
But I still love you baby

If I fall and break my leg I can put it in a cast
If I make a fool of myself I can put it in the past
But when I fall in love it draws and quarters me every time
And I think I’m better off without it

You’re the last thing that I ever want to see
But you’ve wormed your way so deep inside of me
And I think I’m better off, I might be better off,
Love might be better off without me

I hate love
What has love ever done for me?
I hate love
Oh, hate set me free
I hate love, love, love, love
I hate love, love, love, love
I hate love, love, love, love
But I still love you baby

lyrics_tile_smallGiant Ant in the Sky
There’s a giant ant in the sky that picks up all that you say
And there’s a tiny man in a room who writes down all it relays
You can feel it there in the walls, it hums like Saturday night
You may not have noticed it yet, but it’s been there all of your life

And if you don’t watch what you say
If you don’t watch what you do
If you don’t clean up your act,
They’ll bring the bugs down on you
They’ll bring the bugs down on you

There’s a mechanical cat in the street, designed to look like a stray
It’s eyes send photographs back to its antenna tail
And there’s a mower next door in the lawn, idling out in the sun
Your neighbor was there last you looked , but somehow now he’s gone

And if you don’t watch what you say
If you don’t watch what you do
If you don’t clean up your act,
They’ll bring the bugs down on you
They’ll bring the bugs down on you

You’d have to be insane to believe it
You’d have to be crazy not to see it
You’d have to be insane to believe it
Wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you?

Late at night when you’re tired and snuggled safe in your bed
You’re all alone in your room but not alone in your head

And if you don’t watch what you say
If you don’t watch what you do
If you don’t clean up your act,
They’ll bring the bugs down on you
They’ll bring the bugs down on you
They’ll bring the bugs down on you

lyrics_tile_smallEverybody Wants to Mess With Me
Wake up in the morning turn on my TV, weather says it’s gonna rain all week
Get in my car, head off to work, and everybody on the road is a flaming fricken jerk
Get cut off twice by an SUV swerving in my lane
I get a clipped fender and a dirty look, another stranger’s hatred I can’t explain

If I’m so hard to deal with, why does everybody want to mess with me?
I’m the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet, still everyone’s offended every time I speak
If I’m so hard to deal with why does everybody want to mess with me

Get to my job and my boss is in my ear, he tells me I’m a worker not a peer
But I can’t help it if I’ve got better ideas, why does no one recognize what I’ve known for years
He tells me I’ve got a bad attitude and my future’s not too bright
I get a pissed-off lecture and overlooked, man I never even had the chance to fight

Politics, wars, and household chores there’s
No rest when you can’t ignore the truth
I’m just saying what’s on my mind but it
Gets me in a struggle every time
I’m not saying I’m better
Just that everyone else seems worse
Man it is so hard living with this
Living with this curse

If I’m so hard to deal with, why does everybody want to mess with me?
I’m the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet, still everyone’s offended every time I speak
If I’m so hard to deal with why does everybody want to mess with me

Get home in the evening to dishes in the sink and Tuesday’s take-out boxes stinking
I change my shirt, the doorbell rings, my girl’s waiting there looking forward to an evening in
She steps inside and her nose wrinkles up and her eyes get small
I get a pissed-off lecture and a dirty look and she leaves me there, standing in the hall

If I’m so hard to deal with, why does everybody want to mess with me?
I’m the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet, still everyone’s offended every time I speak
If I’m so hard to deal with why does everybody want to mess with me

lyrics_tile_smallI Love You and I’m Glad That You’re Gone
There is something I never took the chance to tell you
While you were still here
Because I thought it might give you a reason to stay
I could tell you were thinking of a better life
Somewhere down the line
And this town never did you any favors anyway

Now there’s no reason to keep it to myself
And I can finally say
I love you, and I’m glad that you’re gone
By the time that you read this, you’ll have moved on
I love you, and I’m glad that you’re gone
I love you, and I’m glad that you’re gone

This town hasn’t changed much at all
These last couple years
It just seems empty without you around
And I’ve been thinking, thinking of a better life
Somewhere down the line
And this town never did me any favors anyway

Now there’s no reason to stay
And I can finally say
Now there’s no reason to keep it to myself
And I can finally say
I love you, and I’m glad that you’re gone
By the time that you read this, I’ll have moved on
I love you, and I’m glad that you’re gone
I love you, and I’m glad that you’re gone

lyrics_tile_smallCome Down With Me
The acquisition of my best intentions is a pursuit that never fails to let me down
And all that I can say to defend myself
Is I’ve tried to keep the gutter from the clouds
I try not to hold myself against me
I try not to speak my thoughts aloud
I try to approach your wrongness gently
Because Christ and mother knows that I’ve never been too proud

Come down, come down, come down with me
How did we ever get so high
Come down, come down, come down with me
We both could use the rest from trying to feel so wise

I’ve tried to follow faithfully the righteous
I’ve read the books and memorized the Tao
But the only place that I can say that led me to
Is right back down the ladder to the crowd
I’ve tried to bend myself the way they’d shape me
To populism’s preachers I’ve avowed
But every step I take seems to negate me
So I try to smile politely when I bow

Come down, come down, come down with me
How did we ever get so high
Come down, come down, come down with me
We both could use the rest from trying to feel so wise

I’ve tried to predict a better future
I’ve tried not to keep my past around
Because all that ever happens in the present tense
Is a constant feeling that I’m loving ground

lyrics_tile_smallStart the Show
Start the show, start the show
I’m running out of drums
And the people want to see what it is they come for
And it’s hard to know to herald just when it arrives
But I know I’ve seen it coming
We’ve been waiting all our lives

And as far as introductions
It’s nothing you can know
It is beyond imagination, ‘til the moment it shows
And if we are not mindful it might break up on its way
Because the best we’ve ever managed is to keep our best at bay

Sing it like the whole band’s joining in
Sing it like you’ll never sing again
If we believe salvation happens only from on high
It’s no wonder we believe that we won’t see it ‘til we die

Happy’s not so happy
And sober’s not so kind
I’ve taken every fool’s position
Everyone’s but mine
And it’s hard to know to herald just when it arrives
But I know it must be coming
Because we’re running out of time

Sing it like the whole band’s joining in
Sing it like you’ll never sing again
If we believe salvation happens only from on high
It’s no wonder we believe that we won’t see it ‘til we die

Sing it like the whole world’s joining in
Sing it like you’ll never sing again
If we believe salvation happens only from on high
It’s no wonder we believe that we won’t see it ‘til we die

Sing it like the whole band’s joining in
Sing it like you’ll never sing again
If we believe salvation happens only from on high
It’s no wonder we believe that we won’t see it ‘til we die

lyrics_tile_smallYour Sweet Memory
I’ve worked my whole life so that when I die
There’ll be something left behind
I know all too well how feeble and frail
Is flesh to the scourge of time
So when the end draws near I’ll have nothing to fear
Because nothing is what I’ll find

Burn my bones when that’s all that’s left of me.
And warm your hands by the fire
I take comfort in the notion that there’s one place left for me
And that’s alive in your sweet memory

When I was just a child I was taught on bended knees
To live right for my great reward
But this life has meant no less knowing someday it would end
Made me value every minute that much more

So burn my bones when that’s all that’s left of me.
And warm your hands by the fire
I take comfort in the notion that there’s one place left for me
And that’s alive in your sweet memory

So why live if this is all there is
Because this is all there is
This is all there is

I’ve worked my whole life so that when I die
There’ll be something left behind
I know all too well how feeble and frail
Is flesh to the scourge of time
So as the end draws near I have nothing to fear
Because nothing is what I’ll find

So burn my bones when that’s all that’s left of me.
And warm your hands by the fire
I take comfort in the notion that there’s one place left for me
And that’s alive in your sweet memory

I believe this is all we have
I believe this is all we have
I believe someday it will be enough

lyrics_tile_smallOne True Friend
We shared the best of worst times, we can talk about it now
All the drunks are driving home, so let’s stay for one more round
We were tempered in an epidemic, we never caught their disease
We’ve got problems enough of our own without choosing to believe
There are just two sides we can stand on
Us and them, yours and mine
There’s just two of us here
And each of us has just one life

All the sweat we pour into the ground in the city or the sticks
Drawing lines around our easy chairs and waiting for the fix
And the energy we spend on all our little tricks
To pretend we’re somewhere that we’ve never been
It all falls away when you sit down
With one true friend.

One true friend…

I was there when your head exploded, you were there when my guts caved in
And though it might have been many years between we never asked, “Where you been?”
I can feel you somewhere out there when I’m feeling all alone
Stretching out over the curve of the Earth between the places we call home
There are the places that we stick to and the places we have to be
And the dance we have to do around these people just to take a few steps free

All the sweat we pour into the ground in the city or the sticks
Drawing lines around our easy chairs and waiting for the fix
And the energy we spend on all our little tricks
To pretend we’re somewhere that we’ve never been
It all falls away when you sit down
With one true friend.

One true friend…

lyrics_tile_smallThe Good News
Chin up, you ugly bastards
There’s time yet to kill
And no doubt you will
The bad news is one day you’ll die
The good news is that leaves less time for mistakes
You dream for a while then you try
You’re judged by the time you’re awake

I had lots of money and love
When I was a much younger man
It left me, but it left me standing
Now I’m richer than ever I’ve been

Chin up, you ugly bastards
There’s time yet to kill
And no doubt you will
The bad news is one day you’ll die
The good news is that leaves less time for mistakes
You dream for a while then you try
You’re judged by the time you’re awake

All of the lessons you’ve learned
And everything you’ve tried to make
And everything you think you’ve earned
Is somebody else’s to take, so

Chin up, you ugly bastards
There’s time yet to kill
And no doubt you will
The bad news is one day you’ll die
The good news is that leaves less time for mistakes
You dream for a while then you try
You’re judged by the time you’re awake

I’m far enough on my way
But who knows when this will all end
If you work and you love every day
You’ll never have time to pretend

Chin up, you ugly bastards
There’s time yet to kill
And no doubt you will
The bad news is one day you’ll die
The good news is that leaves less time for mistakes
You dream for a while then you try
You’re judged by the time you’re awake
You dream for a while then you try
You’re judged by the time you’re awake

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